Ecuador Seizes Explosives from Guerrillas

Ecuador Seizes Explosives from Guerrillas

By Dialogo
May 08, 2013

Explosives and weapons were seized by the Ecuadorean Military during two operations conducted in different areas of the country, the Armed Forces Joint Command reported on May 7. The materials were presumably destined for Colombian insurgent groups.

One of the operations was performed in the city of Cañar, where the Army seized about “17 tons of dynamite; 15,500 meters of detonating cord; and two revolvers,” the Armed Forces said in a statement.

The seizure was made at a company that “did not meet the security standards prescribed by the Armed Forces for explosive storage,” the institution added.

Furthermore, 477 devices of “high explosive power” were confiscated in the city of Lago Agrio, Amazonia, allegedly intended for Colombian insurgent groups, according to the Army.

On May 3, Ecuadorean Military members confiscated eight antitank rockets that were transported by two civilians, who were arrested on a road northwest of Quito.

Last March, the Ecuadorean Army reported the seizure of rifle ammunition and supplies that could have been used to fabricate bombs in operations conducted on the Colombian border.

Ecuador shares a 720–km. border with Colombia, extending from the Pacific Ocean towards the Amazon jungle. Illegal groups such as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) operate on the other side.