Colombian Army Seizes 70 FARC Anti-Personnel Mines

By Dialogo
September 25, 2012

At least 70 FARC anti-personnel mines were seized by Colombian Army troops in a rural area of Arauca department (east), on the border with Venezuela, informed authorities on September 23.

The findings took place in La Unión, a district in the municipality of Arauquita. These explosive devices belong to the tenth squad of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), according to the reports.

‘‘Our initial reports state that the lethal weapons were carried in a briefcase by two men who got away on a motorcycle after seeing the troops, leaving the explosives behind,’‘ specified a statement by the Armed Forces.

Since 1990, these explosive devices have caused over 2,095 deaths and 7,888 injuries and amputees in the whole country, according to the Presidential Program of Comprehensive Action against Anti-Personnel Mines.

In October, representatives of Juan Manuel Santos’s government and the FARC will start peace talks in Oslo, Norway, and will finalize them in Havana, Cuba.