Three Soldiers and Five FARC Guerrillas Killed
By Dialogo April 16, 2013At least three Colombian Soldiers and five guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died during confrontations in a rural jungle area of Caquetá department in southern Colombia, the Colombian Army reported on April 13.
“Since April 12, three Soldiers died in combat against a mobile column of the FARC in a rural area of Puerto Rico municipality. We are deeply saddened by these deaths,” Colonel César Parra, chief of the Army’s Sixth Operational Command, told the press.
“Five terrorists were killed, and as confrontations intensified with the support of the Air Force, we estimate that the total number of deaths could increase in the Andes,” he added.
The FARC, founded in 1964, is the oldest Latin American guerrilla group and the main insurgency in Colombia, with about 8,000 combatants today.
The rebel organization has held negotiations with the government of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Cuba since November 2012, without a bilateral ceasefire in Colombia.
The Colombian armed conflict, which also involved other leftist guerrillas, right-wing paramilitary groups and drug trafficking organizations, has left over 3.7 million displaced people, 600,000 deaths and 15,000 missing individuals in almost 50 years.