Colombian Army Seizes Six Tons of Explosives and Weapons from FARC

Colombian Army Seizes Six Tons of Explosives and Weapons from FARC

By Dialogo
February 14, 2012


More than six tons of explosives and weapons were found by the Colombian Army in a jungle area of the department of Caquetá, at an abandoned Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) camp, official sources announced on February 12.

“A large seizure was made, of a mega-cache of more than six tons of armaments and explosives, there in a camp that might have been occupied by around 200 terrorists,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said.

A machine gun (.50-caliber), 24 surface-to-air rockets, 55,238 cartridges of different calibers, 3,214 sticks of Pentolite explosive, 220 rifle grenades, 10 AK-47 rifles, 531 mortar grenades, and 162 hand grenades were seized, among other items, according to the Defense Ministry.

“Friday afternoon, during a monitoring and reconnaissance exercise (…), the shipment, which belonged to the “Rodolfo Tanas” Company of the FARC’s Southern Bloc, was found,” a Task Force Omega spokesperson told AFP.

The seizure was achieved “thanks to Military intelligence work and statements by several demobilized guerrillas,” who formerly belonged to the FARC, the spokesperson added.



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