Five Soldiers Die in FARC Attack in Colombia

By Dialogo
October 23, 2012

Five soldiers died and another three were wounded on the evening of October 19, in an attack perpetrated with explosives by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) against a military patrol in the municipality of Puerto Asís (Putumayo), which borders with Ecuador, informed the Army on October 20.

Members of the 48th Front, Southern Block of the FARC “attacked a military patrol, circulating in the area, with non-conventional explosives. The attack resulted in five dead soldiers and another three were wounded,” said the National Army on their web site.

With this kind of aggression, the FARC “made an attempt once again against Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law,” reported the institution, with no further details.

The government of Colombia and the FARC formally started a peace process in Oslo on October 18, in order to put an end to the armed conflict that has been going on for almost 50 years.

These negotiations will start in November and take place in Cuba without a cease of hostilities in the territory, even though several NGOs and the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia called for a truce.

The Colombian Armed Forces have also reported that a bombing against a FARC camp located in the Colombian Pacific coast took place on October 19, where at least two insurgents died, and the search for more bodies continues.