martes, 27 de mayo de 2014

Killings said down 60 per cent in prosperous Bogotá district

Killings dropped 60 per cent in Bogotá's middle-class district of Chapinero over 2013-14, with officials counting no more than two in that district from 1 to 25 May. The Colombian capital is much safer now than in past decades, though street crime such as mobile phone thefts, persists. The city's new police chief however was recently cited as qualifying the state of security in the capital as "so so." The district mayor of Chapinero Mauricio Jaramillo Cabrera said theft was also down in Chapinero, a district of bars, eateries, appartment blocks and university buildings. He said the presence of families, tourists and young people required extra security for this district, prompting the PICSC security plan involving residents and local government, El Espectador reported on 27 May. The daily cited comparative crime figures given for Chapinero by officials, though it was not immediately clear if these were for May in both years or for the January-May periods. They included a 34-per-cent fall in shop thefts, a 12-per-cent fall in house thefts and a two-per-cent fall in muggings. The National Police Chief separately appointed a new police chief for Bogotá on 26 May, in what El Espectador speculated may be a change of security policies for the city. The new police chief Humberto Guatibonza Carreño was described as reputedly more active and less administrative, which the daily wrote might lead to more policemen on the streets. It observed that the appointment was a possible response to persistent criminal activity in certain city districts, and to a continuing public sense of insecurity.

Colombian troops kill guerrilla captain, hold "policemen's killers"

The Colombian Defence Ministry reported the death of a field commander and 20-year veteran of the leftist National Liberation Army (ELN) in fighting with troops in the department of Casanare. The victim, identified as Llanero or Criollo, was described as an expert bomb maker and active in the districts of Sácama and La Salina, the Ministry reported on 26 May. Authorities separately reported the arrests of two fighters or collaborators of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) suspected as being the murderers of two policemen last March; reports then suggested the policemen were perhaps tortured before being killed. The detained were identified by their pseudonyms Curero and Pali and as members of the FARC's Daniel Aldana Mobile Column, Radio Santa Fe reported on 26 May. A day earlier police arrested a captain from the FARC's North-Eastern Front as he left a hospital in the town of Curumaní in César. He was identified as Patamala, and the subject of an arrest warrant for unspecified charges, El Colombiano reported.