Three FARC Rebels Die in Bombing

By Dialogo
September 07, 2012

At least three Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas died on September 5, during a bombing of the Colombian Air Force in the northeast of the country, including alias “Danilo García”, whom the Minister of Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón, identified as close to “Timochenko”, leader of the rebel group.

“Alias Danilo García was Timochenko’s right hand because he had the mission of contributing to the logistics in the area” (…) and “in a sense also served as a security structure” for the insurgent leader, specified Pinzón in a press conference in Bogotá.

According to the official, the bombing was carried out over the main camp of the FARC’s 33rd Front, located in a jungle area of Hacarí township, in the department (province) of Norte de Santander (northeast border by Venezuela).

Pinzón added that, “three guerrillas were killed, 15 weapons, explosives and communication radios were seized,” and did not rule out that the number of dead rebels could rise to about 15, since the bombing caused a landslide under which more bodies may lie.

Exploratory discussions for a negotiated peace between the government of President Juan Manuel Santos and the FARC guerrillas began several months ago in secret, according to the Colombian president and the leader of the insurgent group, Timoleón Jiménez, alias Timochenko, on September 4.

The roundtable will take place in the first two weeks of October in Oslo, and later negotiations will be moved to Havana.

According to an agreement signed between the two parties, those discussions will take place without a cessation of military operations or guerrilla activity.