viernes, 20 de julio de 2012

Colombian forces "neutralise" guerrillas in operations

Colombian authorities declared they had "neutralised" - possibly killed - 11 leftist guerrillas and arrested six suspected criminals in operations that began on 18 July in different localities, Europa Press reported on 20 July. Four members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were "neutralised" and arms confiscated in an operation on 18 July in the Chocó department on the Pacific coast. In an operation between Chocó and the more southern coastal department of Valle del Cauca, the army killed or detained seven guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN). Six suspected members of the criminal gang called the Rastrojos were separately arrested in the municipality of Riofrío, in the Valle del Cauca; authorities confiscated here items including 56 rifles and four grenade launchers. On 18 or 19 July, police and troops caught two individuals with arms and ammunition in a house in Tona, in the north-eastern Santander department, and were investigating their suspected links with the ELN, Vanguardia Liberal reported on 19 July.

Four killed in shootout in Zacatecas

Four criminals died in a shootout with state police near the city of Zacatecas in central Mexico on 19 July, El Universal reported on 20 July. The suspects began to shoot at police cars on patrol on Highway 54 near the locality of Chilitas, the daily reported. Security forces reinforced their presence in this area in the preceding fortnight, it stated, responding to increasing violence for a turf war between traffickers.