jueves, 11 de septiembre de 2014

Guerrillas killed in fighting in Colombia, troops injured

Colombian troops were reported to have struck at the country's two communist guerrilla forces, the FARC and the ELN, in several recent gunfights that killed at least 21 guerrillas and led to the capture of six. The fighting took place in the departments of Valle de Cauca, Cauca, Chocó and Nariño, Radio Santa Fe reported on 9 September without giving details of the incidents. It elaborated on one fighting incident in the district of San José del Palmar that killed two fighters of the ELN (National Liberation Army)'s Ernesto Che Guevara Front. It was not clear if the figure of 21 included the three guerrilla deaths and seven captures the broadcaster reported separately during an army offensive in eastern Colombia on 6-7 September. Three marines were separately injured on 10 September in a gun fight with members of the FARC's Front 34 at the Vigía del Fuerte airport west of Medellín, El Colombiano reported. The troops were reportedly ambushed. The Ministry of Defence revealed on 9 September that it had neutralised - killed or put out of action - 11,727 members of "criminal organisations," presumably including the FARC and ELN guerrilla armies, over an unspecified period. The figure was given at a meeting with US Defence officials by a deputy-head of the Armed Forces Joint Command, General Juan Carlos Salazar. He said that as a result of state actions, the FARC had lost 26 per cent of their fighting capabilities and were going through "one of their hardest military and economic crises of recent years," the Ministry reported.