Three Police Officers Allegedly Killed by FARC in Colombia

By Dialogo
February 05, 2013

Three Colombian police officers were killed in an ambush allegedly set by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), insurgent group that is currently in peace negotiations with the Colombian government in Cuba, reported the law enforcement institution.

The attack against the officers occurred on a road 3 km from the city of Maicao, capital of La Guajira district, while driving an undercover police truck.

The agents belonged to the counter smuggling unit and were attacked from road side bushes by rifle fire, Colonel Giraldo Taborda, La Guajira Police deputy commander told the press.

Chief of Police General José Roberto León, attributed the ambush to the FARC’s 59th Front. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia represent the country’s main guerrilla, with 8,000 members, and which has been in a violent fight for 48 years against the Colombian State.

President Juan Manuel Santos’s government has been in peace talks with the rebel group without a ceasefire and, on the contrary, the head of state has ordered the Armed Forces to intensify the confrontation against the rebels.

The FARC, which was severely affected by Uribe’s government, also kidnapped two police agents on January 27, in the southwest of the country. The authorities have attributed this incident to the guerrillas, whose delegates claimed from Cuba that they were unaware of the situation.