lunes, 14 de julio de 2014

Colombian police catch two FARC guerrillas

Colombian authorities detained two fighters of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), described as among the "most ruthless" of the guerrilla army and sought for attacks on police stations in 1998 and 1999. The detained were identified as the fighters dubbed Wilmer meñique and Gerson and caught in the departments of Meta and Quindío, El Espectador reported on 14 July, citing statements by the National Police chief Rodolfo Palomino. The daily provided personal histories of the two. Wilmer meñique joined the FARC when he was 16 and became in 2005 an aide to one of the FARC's top commanders, the late Mono Jojoy. Footage apparently showed him firing a machine gun at a police station in Mitú, with destructive effects, in one of the assaults with which he was associated. The Army commander Jaime Lasprilla said on 14 July that authorities had "neutralised" 116 guerrillas so far in July, these including 20 FARC deaths and the remainder detained or put out of action, El Espectador reported. State forces had also thwarted 85 "terrorist actions" including bombings or acts of sabotage he said, adding that operations were continuning against the FARC's North-Western Block.

Colombian troops bomb FARC, "14 killed"

Colombian troops and police bombarded positions of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the north-central department of Antioquia on 13 July, reportedly killing 12 to 14 fighters. El Espectador counted on 14 July 14 deaths among FARC guerrillas in several days of operations in Antioquia to late 13 July. The operations were described as intended to catch or eliminate the head of the FARC's North-Western Block, a guerrilla dubbed Pastor Alape, though reports did not yet specifically identify the guerrillas killed. El Colombiano described them as members of Pastor Alape's security ring or retinue, observing that troops were still looking for their captain. Troops later confiscated weaponry, computers and communication equipment expected to yield information on the FARC, Caracol radio reported. The operation took place in the district of Vigía del Fuerte. Troops and police separately detained in the western department of Cauca on 12 July a FARC captain described as a member of the Manuel Cepeda Vargas command structure and sought for actions including two attacks on police stations in 2007. The detainee, identified as the guerrilla dubbed Manuel Mayor, was caught in the locality of El Ceral in the district of Buenos Aires; Manuel Mayor was sought for charges including murder and suspected of having ordered the laying of minefields, El Tiempo reported on 13 July.