lunes, 9 de julio de 2012

FARC battle troops, besiege town in Cauca

Troops and police were said to be in precarious control on 8 July of the municipality of Toribío in the Cauca department, south-western Colombia, besieged since 6 July by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), El Espectador reported. Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said on 8 July that Colombian forces were controlling the town but was apparently contradicted by comments from the governor of Cauca and mayor of Toribío. Governor Themístocles Ortega said on 9 July that police were confined in Toribío and called for more troops to curb endemic insecurity in Cauca, where the FARC are particularly active. Toribío's mayor Ezequiel Vitonás was reported as saying that the municipality had been besieged 450 times in the past decade.

Ambush kills four policemen in Colombia

Four policemen were shot dead and two reported missing after unidentified suspects attacked a patrol in the department of Antioquia in northern Colombia, El Mundo reported on 8 July, citing EFE. Another policeman was injured in the attack, which occurred at an unspecified date in the locality of Puerto Calavera near Segovia, Antioquia's secretary for internal affairs Santiago Londoño told the press. He said it was difficult to immediately identify the attackers, as the country's two main guerrilla groups and criminal gangs were active in the area. Antioquia's police chief Gerardo Acevedo said that police suspected the National Liberation Army (ELN, Ejército de Liberación Nacional) - the smaller of Colombia's two rebel armies - had perpetrated the attack.