lunes, 19 de agosto de 2013

Colombian troops shoot dead two guerrilla chiefs

Colombian troops were reported on 18 August to have shot dead two suspected commanders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)'s Western Block in the district of Toribío in the south-western department of Cauca, Spain's national broadcaster and EFE agency reported on 19 August. The two were provisionally identified as guerrillas dubbed Jaimito and Burro, described in media as members of the Sixth Front's command structure and close collaborators of Pacho, a FARC commander police have identified as behind a recent "escalation of terrorism" in Cauca, RTVE reported. Jaimito and Burro were thought to have forced indigenous communities in Cauca give shelter to guerrillas during operations, the broadcaster Caracol reported. The daily El Colombiano observed separately that the killing would leave the Sixth Front's command structure "shaken." Another FARC fighter recently killed in Cauca was separately named as Zeplin, a 30-year-veteran reported as shot on 9 August, RTVE reported.