martes, 18 de marzo de 2014

Colombia holds "traffickers, guerrillas," two policemen found dead

Police and soldiers detained 17 suspected collaborators of the communist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), confiscating arms, ammunition and cash, in one or more undated operations in the district of Leiva in Nariño, Bogotá's Radio Santa Fe reported on 18 March. Some of the detained were said to have been caught in flagrante, though it was not immediately clear doing what, while arrest warrants were already issued for 14 others for charges including criminal conspiracy and bearing and trafficking arms. Separately Navy troops and state investigators detained on 17 March 17 suspected members of a "criminal and criminal intelligence organisation" thought to have worked with one of Colombia's main gangs, the Urabeños. The suspects were held in raids carried out by 370 Navy troops and investigators in the northern districts of Barranquilla, Cartagena de Indias, Turbo, Sapzurro and Triganá, El Colombiano reported. Three of the detained appeared to be serving or former members of the Navy. The daily cited authorities as saying that they believed the arrests had dismantled the group, which shipped out drugs from the Gulf of Urabá. In the south-western department of Nariño, the bodies of two policemen were found on 18 March in San Vicente in the district of Tumaco, days after their suspected kidnapping by the FARC. Their bodies indicated they may have been tortured before being killed, and the country's Police chief General Rodolfo Palomino said Colombia would denounce the incident before international rights bodies, Cali's El País reported on 18 March. General Palomino attributed the killings to the heads of the FARC's Daniel Aldana column, active in that part of Colombia.