Explosives Found In Colombian FARC Camp On Border With Ecuador
By Dialogo July 21, 2010
Colombian troops found “a large quantity of explosives” after occupying a camp of the FARC guerrilla group in a jungle region of the border with Ecuador, the regional military commander, Gen. Rafael Colón announced.
“The soldiers and marines found a large quantity of explosives in the course of operations against the drug-trafficking activities to which Fronts 32 and 48 of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) are dedicated,” Colón told radio stations.
The military commander, who did not specify the quantity of explosives and did not announce any arrests, indicated that the operation took place in a forested area of the locality of Puerto Guzmán, in the department (province) of Putumayo, bordering on Ecuador and Peru.
The soldiers were searching for members of the security team of guerrilla leaders Joaquín Gómez and Fabián Ramírez, who participated in the failed peace talks pursued by the administration of former Colombian president Andrés Pastrana (1998-2002).
According to the authorities, Gómez and Ramírez have been operating in Putumayo and other areas of southern Colombia since the death of FARC leader Raúl Reyes, killed along with others in a Colombian bombardment of a guerrilla camp in Ecuadorean territory in March 2008.