The presidents of Ecuador and Colombia have condemned an attack on a border patrol Tuesday that killed three members of Ecuador's military.
"The president of the Republic of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno Garces and the Republic of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos firmly condemn the latest acts in the border integration zone that have so far resulted in the death of three members of the Ecuadorean armed forces," a communique sent on Wednesday stated.
"We commit ourselves to deepen the immediate cooperation between the security and defense agencies between both countries."
The soldiers were killed after an explosive detonated as the group monitored the border with Colombia.
The soldiers were monitoring the area of Mataje in the Ecuadorean province of Esmeraldas, approximately three kilometers from the border with Colombia.
The incident follows the bombing of a military base in the region last Friday that left two army members injured and damaged the Borbon headquarters. Local media says there was also direct combat between Ecuadorean military and "remaining armed groups that operate from Colombia."
Ecuadorean officials announced they would be placing more military and approximately 140 national police members along border checkpoints and highways in the coming days.