FARC Guerrillas Captured While Attempting to Steal a Helicopter

By Dialogo
April 30, 2013

A group of 17 guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was captured on April 26, while trying to steal a helicopter in a rural area of southwestern Colombia, authorities told the press.

The insurgents were detained in Santander de Quilichao, a village in the Valle del Cauca department.

During the incident, the police seized war material and the 17 guerrilla were transferred to Cali, where they would face charges.

“This is a very, very important blow. I would like to congratulate the police,” Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said, minutes before departing to Haiti in order to attend the summit of the Association of Caribbean States, on April 26.

“The country is well aware that we are holding talks in Havana, and I hope they are successful. But until we reach a definitive agreement, we will not lower our guard for one second,” President Santos added.