lunes, 2 de junio de 2014

Guerrilla mines kill four Colombian soldiers

Four Colombian soldiers - a junior officer and three privates - were killed on 30 May by mines thought laid by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The Army declared the soldiers entered a mine field "as they were arriving at their base" in La Chorrera in AmazonasCali's El País reported, citing the Associated Press. Colombian forces were engaged in various operations against the FARC in recent days. President Juan Manuel Santos was cited as saying that day that "this week 70 FARC and ELN (National Liberation Army) bandits have been neutralised, 23 have turned themselves in, 40 have been captured and seven shot dead." Separately, the Armed Forces Joint Command declared on 1 June that there would be no ceasefire during the country's negotiations in Cuba with the FARC, and negotiators had not discussed, nor would they at all, the Armed Forces and their institutional role. The Armed Forces Commander General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán stated in the communiqué that an office would be formed to fortify the Forces' legal defences and "legitimacy."

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