sábado, 19 de octubre de 2013

Colombian guerrillas detained, surrender to Army

Colombian troops detained five purported guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the north-eastern department of Norte de Santander at an unspecified date, including a suspected security officer attached to the FARC's supreme leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverry, Caracol radio reported on 18 October. The more important detainee was identified as the guerrilla dubbed Freddy Chapas, chief financial officer of the 29th of May Company in the FARC's Front 33, and second-in-command of the FARC chief's security team, Caracol reported. The Army caught the five in the district of Tibú, in operations said to be continuing. Separately a man identified as a guerrilla of the National Liberation Army (ELN) surrendered to the Army in the department of César in northern Colombia, apparently taking advantage of army operations in the southern part of the department to escape. He surrendered to troops in the district of la Gloria, without his weapons, the Army reported on 18 October. Two policemen were reported injured late on 18 October when an explosive was thrown at a patrol car by suspected ELN guerrillas, in the department of Arauca near the Venezuelan frontier. The assailants fled after a shootout, El Colombiano reported on 19 October, observing that the ELN and FARC had in recent days intensified attacks on state forces in the frontier area.

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