miércoles, 18 de diciembre de 2013

FARC captain detained in Venezuela, five guerrillas killed in Colombia

The Colombian Army announced that five fighters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) including a commander were killed as planes bombed a FARC camp in the eastern district of Tame, while another FARC captain was detained in Venezuela, media reported on 18 December. Those killed included the guerrilla dubbed Alberto Guevara, purported head of the FARC's Front 28, or of fronts 28 and 45, active in the departments of Arauca and Casanare near the Venezuelan frontier, Caracol television reported. The Defence Ministry identified the four others as including a FARC nurse and a bomb maker, and all members of Alberto Guevara's security retinue. The captain detained in Venezuela was identified as Reinel Guzmán - dubbed Rafael Gutiérrez - said to command the FARC's Eastern Block, Caracol radio reported on 17 December. Mr Guzmán was apparently detained on 4 December after he was stopped for a traffic offence in the district of La Victoria, in the Venezuelan state of Apure near Colombia's frontier. It was not clear if he was to be extradited. Police separately announced the arrests of a fighter of the other guerrilla force ELN and of 22 suspected thieves and gangsters. Police chief General Rodolfo Palomino identified the captured fighter as a member of the ELN's Domingo Lain Front, sought for his possible role in the killings of some 20 policemen and soldiers, El Colombiano reported on 18 December. It did not specify where the guerrilla was caught. The other 22 were identified as 12 members of the Urabeños gang caught in the northern district of Villanueva and three from the rival Rastrojos gang, caught in Río Frío in the western Valle de Cauca department. These are two of Colombia's main criminal gangs. Seven car thieves were detained in Medellín, General Palomino said.