Seven Colombian Soldiers Killed in Combat with FARC

By Dialogo
February 15, 2013

Seven soldiers were killed and other five were injured in combat in the Colombian municipality of Milán on February 12. The militaries were in confrontation with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, hours before the possible release of two kidnapped police officers that were abducted by this insurgency in January.

“An operation started within the FARC’s Southern Block, aimed at protecting our civilian population of San Antonio Getucha, presenting confrontations against most of the terrorist faction. As a result of these confrontations, five soldiers were injured, while seven were killed,” an Army statement said.

According to the 12th Brigade, Army troops deployed this operation after “becoming aware of the concentration of several Southern Block columns, which intended to attack San Antonio de Getucha inspection point.”

“Due to intelligence reports, we are aware that the Southern Block is evacuating an unclear number of killed and injured terrorists,” the statement concluded.

The Soldiers were killed before military operations by the Armed Forces ceased in border areas between the Cauca and Valle del Cauca districts, for the possible release of police officers Cristian Yate and Víctor González.

Yate and González were kidnapped on January 25 in the municipality of Valle del Cauca by FARC members.