Colombia: Death of Guerrilla Sought by Panamanian Authorities Confirmed
By Dialogo October 08, 2010A FARC guerrilla charged in Panama with the mutilation of two border guards from that country was among those killed in a recent bombardment of their camp by the Colombian army, the Colombian police announced.
“The individual in question is Jorge de Jesús Posada, alias ‘Ignacio,’ fourth-in-command of the FARC’s Front 57, sought by Panamanian authorities on charges of responsibility for laying a minefield that caused multiple mutilations to two members of the National Border Service,” the police indicated in a statement.
Posada is one of five members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who died Monday in a joint attack by the Colombian army and police on a guerrilla column near the border with Panama (in northwestern Colombia).
According to the police, Posada was also responsible for directing the shipment of cocaine from Colombia to Panama through the dense jungle of the El Darién region and received money and arms shipments from the latter country to supply other rebel fronts.
On 24 June, two patrol officers from the Panamanian National Border Service suffered mutilations to their legs after stepping on an anti-personnel mine laid by the rebels in an abandoned camp on Panamanian territory.
The FARC, created in 1964 and believed to have around eight thousand current fighters, according to Defense Ministry estimates, has suffered in recent years under a harsh military offensive that has driven them back into the country’s most remote jungle regions.