martes, 3 de diciembre de 2013

Colombian troops shoot dead six guerrillas, nine held around Colombia

Colombian troops killed six left-wing guerrillas in different operations around the country in recent days, and caught the brother of a senior commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), media reported. Three of the guerrillas killed were from the FARC and three from the National Liberation Army (ELN), killed variously in the departments of Cauca, Valle de Cauca and Nariño, Radio Santa Fe reported on 1 December. The operation in the southern department of Nariño also led troops to capture a 17-year fighter of the FARC, who was handed over to child welfare authorities. Earlier troops had arrested in the southern locality of La Montañita in the department of Caquetá, a FARC guerrilla dubbed El Cura, identified as brother of a FARC commander dubbed Fabián RamírezRadio Santa Fe reported on 29 November. The detainee was reportedly sought by a New York court on drug trafficking charges, though the broadcaster did not specify if he was to be extradited. The Defence Ministry reported on 2 December the arrest of an eight-member gang of drug traffickers after raids in several districts including the capital Bogotá, in an operation carried out in collaboration with the US Drug Enforcement Administration. The head of the suspected gang was described as working for the Urabeños, one of Colombia's main criminal gangs. He was described as coordinating gang activities and forward shipping of drugs from the northern port district of Riohacha.