Confrontation in Colombia Leaves Six Dead

Confrontation in Colombia Leaves Six Dead

By Dialogo
May 16, 2013

Five guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and a police officer were killed during armed confrontations and attacks in different regions of Colombia, just before the peace talks between this insurgency and the national government resumed in Havana, authorities reported on May 14.

In the rural area of the Puerto Jordán village, in Arauca department, five insurgents were killed, and three others were captured, two of whom were minors, the Colombian Army said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a police officer was killed and four others injured in an attack by guerrillas from the 32nd Front of the FARC near a checkpoint in the rural area of Mocoa municipality, capital of Putumayo department, the Police reported.

Delegates of Juan Manuel Santos’s government traveled to Cuba on May 14, in order to resume peace talks with the FARC, which began in 2012 with the aim of ending the internal armed conflict in Colombia, but without agreeing to a bilateral cease fire.

The Colombian armed conflict, which also involved other leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary groups and drug trafficking organizations, has left over 3.7 million displaced and 600,000 dead over nearly 50 years.