Fifteen Soldiers Killed in Colombia Clashes

By Dialogo
July 23, 2013

Fifteen Colombian Soldiers and six guerillas from the leftist FARC rebel group died on July 20 during clashes in southwest Colombia, the Military said.

The fighting occurred in the town of El Doncello, in the department of Caquetá, a stronghold of the southern bloc of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the Military statement said.

Three Soldiers were injured and two militants were captured.

The latest casualties of Colombia’s almost half-century-old insurgency came a day after the rebel group announced it had captured a former U.S. Soldier, but said it was ready to release him as a good will gesture in light of peace talks with the government.

The International Committee of the Red Cross said it has made contact with leftist guerrillas in Colombia who said they wanted to release a captured former U.S. Soldier. The FARC said it has been holding Kevin Scott Sutay since June 20 in the southern department of Guaviare.

The Pentagon and U.S. State Department had no immediate comment. The Colombian government likewise was silent on the matter.

all fifteen soldiers died in the district of Arauca