domingo, 13 de julio de 2014

Colombia shoots, detains guerrillas, gangsters

Two members of Front 32 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were among a dozen guerrillas or collaborators "neutralised" in recent operations in Colombia. The Army killed at an unspecified date two guerrillas in the countryside of Puerto Caicedo in Putumayo, identified as a deputy-head of the Front 32 of the FARC's Southern Block, a man dubbed Camilo Jaramillo, and an aide. The fighter was described as involved in several attacks and acts of sabotage on energy installations; troops conficated arms, detonators and land mines after the action, Radio Santa Fe reported on 12 July. The broadcaster reported on 9 July the arrests of 10 suspected members of the FARC involved in extortion and acts of sabotage in the north-eastern region of Catatumbo in Norte de Santander. The detained were to face charges of criminal conspiracy, rebellion and "terrorism." Also on 12 July, suspected fighters of the country's smaller communist rebel force, the National Liberation Army (ELN) were believed to have blown up a section of the Araguaney-Banadia pipeline, in Palo de Agua in the district of Fortul. Piping was interrupted as troops were moved to the area, agencies cited the operating firm OBC as stating. This was one of several such actions committed recently to mark the ELN's 50th anniversary, America Economía observed. In the city of Medellín, police caught 16 suspected members of a gang called Los Triana, described as involved in drug dealing and extortion among other offences, Radio Santa Fe reported on 11 July. Agents confiscated items including three handguns, a grenade and 750 doses of marijuana. The gang was said to be active in the city's boroughs or comunas one and two (Popular and Santa Cruz), and in Bello, Caldas and Itaguí outside Medellín.