jueves, 9 de mayo de 2013

Colombia confirms troops shot FARC captain

Officials confirmed on 8 May that Colombian troops killed days earlier a commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)'s Southern Front, a guerrilla dubbed Caliche and identified as head of the Jacobo Arenas Mobile Column, the broadcaster Caracol reported. He was killed in fighting in the south-western department of Nariño alongside six FARC fighters, Caracol reported, adding that Caliche was usually active further north in the departments of Cauca and Valle de Cauca. The Minister of Defence Juan Carlos Pinzón told Colombian National Radio on 9 May that numerous bomb and mortar attacks in Cauca were attributed to Caliche, particularly attacks on the localities of Caloto, Toribío and Jambaló. He said Caliche was in the FARC for 30 years and 12th in its hierarchy. President Juan Manuel Santos told a gathering in Bogotá on 9 May that 1,280 members of the FARC had been "neutralised" so far in 2013, that is killed or detained or had surrendered, the Presidential website reported.

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