FARC Leader Responsible for Drug and Weapons Trafficking, Killed on Panamanian Border
By Dialogo August 28, 2013
Colombian Ministry of Defense
On August 26, the terrorist organization FARC was struck again by a coordinated operation between the Colombian Air Force (FAC) and the Colombian National Police with the neutralization of Virgilio Antonio Vidal Mora, aka “Silver”, leader of the 57th Front and considered primarily responsible for drugs and weapons trafficking for that group on the border with Panama.
A FARC campsite was located and neutralized in Riosucio municipality, Chocó department, thanks to human and technical intelligence provided by the National Police, FAC commander General Guillermo León León explained.
“This operation, carried out alongside the National Police, enabled us to collect very precise intelligence and execute a very well calculated operation with FAC aircraft, which resulted in the neutralization of the FARC’s 57th Front leader Virgilio Antonio Vidal Mora,” the officer stated.
General León added that after the National Police members landed, two bodies were recovered, one of whom was “Silver,” who had been a member of the terrorist organization for 27 years, and responsible for 70% of kidnappings conducted in Antioquia and Chocó departments.
Vidal Mora, wanted by Panamanian authorities, had three arrest warrants for rebellion, kidnapping, terrorism, personal injury and homicide. In addition, he was also wanted by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Twenty rifles, four guns, two laptops, 27 magazines, seven fragmentation grenades, four radios, a satellite phone, a hard disk, 5.56 mm cartridges, a USB device, 9 mm cartridges, 12 camouflage uniforms, five back packs, 30 mobile phones, a GPS, FARC leaflets, and military intelligence documentation were seized, among other materials, León stated.
This blow by the Armed Forces and National Police Forces, is one more of others suffered by the group in the second-to-last week of August, in which Manuel Ángel Cardona Paz, aka “El Burro” (The Donkey), leader of the FARC’s Sixth Front operating in Cauca, was neutralized, the Colombian Air Force commander said.
With the death of “Silver”, a total 47 FARC leaders have been neutralized during President Juan Manuel Santos’s government, according to the Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón.