Three Soldiers Killed in FARC Attack on Colombian Village

By Dialogo
April 09, 2013

Three soldiers were killed in an attack on a populated village in southern Colombia, perpetrated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), an insurgency group that is negotiating a peace agreement with Bogotá in Cuba, the Colombian Army reported on April 7.

According to the military sources, members of the FARC’s Southern Block attacked the San Antonio de Getuchá municipality in the jungle department of Caquetá, on the night of April 6.

In addition, two inhabitants – one of whom was a minor- and three Soldiers were injured in the attack, and later transported to a hospital in the city of Florencia, the capital of Caquetá.

According to the official statement, the guerrillas attacked the village with “improvised explosive devices and rifles.”

The insurgents were “repelled” by infantry and Military Police, supported by combat aircraft, the statement said.

The Army assured that among the insurgents were “several injured and dead,” without any further details.

The attack occurred at a time when the Army had suspended military operations in a vast rural area between the departments of Valle and Cauca, to allow the movement of guerrilla leader Pablo Catatumbo to Cuba.

The parties suspended the peace talks on March 21, and will resume them on the third week of April without a ceasefire in Colombia, per Santos’ decision.