Crisis in Ecuador boils over on live television

Ecuador’s president Daniel Noboa has declared a state of crisis “internal armed conflict” in the country after an armed attack took place on live television on Tuesday.

It is reported that  13  masked men entered the TC Television network studio in the city of  Guayaquil–allegedly the most violent city in the country. Carrying guns and explosives, the men forced staff onto the floor during a live broadcast.

Authorities indicate that the individuals were all arrested and will be charged with terrorism offenses. Meanwhile, Noboa took to social media outlet ‘X’ to announce that he had employed military operations to counteract what has become a tumultuous internal war with drug gangs.

Noboa, who ran on a platform of returning peace to Ecuador, has singled out over twenty drug gangs as terrorist groups and according to his post has positioned Armed Forces to “neutralize” these threats.

Though there were no deaths reported in this latest incident, the attack is indicative of the culmination of a severe situation made apparent by Ecuador’s staggering murder rate, calculated as the highest in Latina America for 2023.

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