Ten Alleged Rebels Killed in Combat with Army in Western Colombia

By Dialogo
March 28, 2011

Ten alleged guerrillas were killed on 24 March and another three wounded in a clash with the Colombian military in a mountainous region in western Colombia, a local military commander announced.

The fighting between guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, a Marxist group) and units of the Army, the police, the Navy (Marines), and the Air Force took place in a remote border area between the departments of Chocó and Cauca (in western Colombia).

“A joint operation enabled us to inflict fourteen casualties on members of the FARC’s Front 30. Of those, ten were killed in combat and four captured, three of them wounded, to whom we provided first aid,” Gen. Jairo Erazo of the local brigade affirmed.

The officer also said that during the fighting, government troops succeeded in seizing war matériel, including grenade launchers, rifles, pistols, and ammunition. The four detainees were made available to the judicial authorities, the officer specified.

The FARC is the country’s oldest guerrilla group with forty-six years of armed struggle and has around eight thousand members, according to military estimates.