Colombian Army Accuses FARC of Deadly Attack
By Dialogo December 11, 2012A man died and three women were injured on December 8, in an attack that the Colombian Army attributes to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), accusing them of not respecting the truce they announced.
“The FARC threw two ‘tatucos’ (improvised grenades) in the rural area of Caloto. One of them did not explode, but the second one hit a house,” General Jorge Humberto Jerez, commander of Task Force Apolo, operating in the north of the Cauca department, explained to AFP via phone.
The explosive device thrown against a house in Caloto, Cauca, “caused a 32-year old man to die, and injured two women and a girl,” explained Jerez.
The FARC, currently in peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana, Cuba, announced a two-month unilateral truce on November 19.
In Havana, the spokesman for the FARC assured that the unilateral ceasefire has been maintained, except for a few “unimportant minor incidents,” but the Colombian Army claims it hasn’t been respected on several occasions.
“The FARC continue to attack the civilian population,” confirmed Jerez, who also accused them of the death of an Army non-commissioned officer.
Colombian General Jerez claims that no combat between the military and the guerrillas was registered before the improvised explosive attack against the household in Caloto, a town located in an area historically influenced by the FARC.
On its part, the government of Juan Manuel Santos mantains that the military offensives will continue against the guerrillas, until a peace agreement is reached.
Last weekend, the Colombian Army attacked three FARC camps in the municipality of Ricaurte, Nariño, where at least six rebels died.
In Havana, the government and the guerrillas resumed the peace talks on December 5 after a five day recess, looking for a solution to the Colombian conflict, the oldest in Latin America, that has caused 600,000 deaths, 15,000 missing and four million displaced people, according to official numbers.