Colombian Army Kills FARC Troop Leader

By Dialogo
August 07, 2012

On Aug. 4, the Colombian Army killed a troop leader from the communist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who is said to be responsible for an attack in 2011 that claimed the life of a highway patrolman in Antioquia (northwest), reported the military institution in a statement.

According to the Army, alias “Leonel” or alias “Santiago,” head of troop IX with 25 years of guerrilla activity, was gunned down in the municipality of San Francisco, in the province of Antioquia.

The authorities, who did not indicate the guerilla soldier’s actual name, hold him responsible for the death of a highway patrolman in an attack in 2011, in addition to devoting his time to forced recruitment and the commercialization of coca paste, among other crimes.

In 2010, the Colombian Armed Forces killed Jorge Briceño, alias “Mono Jojoy,” whom he reported to directly, and in 2011 they killed Guillermo León Sáenz, alias “Alfonso Cano,” his highest commander.