Three Soldiers Wounded and One Killed in Combat with FARC in Colombia

By Dialogo
January 04, 2013

A Colombian Soldier died and three others suffered minor wounds in a confrontation with the leftist guerrilla organization the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in southwest Colombia on January 2, according to a Colombian Army source.

The troops were patrolling a rural area in the municipality of Suárez (Cauca district, southwest) when the confrontation with the rebels occurred, during which a mine exploded, killing a Soldier.

“The minefield could have been triggered by the guerrillas or by the Soldier who died when he stepped on it,” Colonel Freddy Hoyos explained to AFP by telephone.

The Colombian government and the FARC have been in peace negotiations in Havana, Cuba, since November, to resolve the armed conflict that has been going on for almost 50 years. However, hostilities continue on the ground.

Also, on January 2, the Colombian Police stated that 14 FARC guerrillas died on December 31, during a bombing in Antioquia department (southwest).

The FARC, which is the oldest guerrilla movement in the region, and has been in existence for almost half a century, declared a unilateral truce in sabotage and attacks until January 20. But the Colombian government has not ceased fire against the insurgents.

Peace negotiations in Havana are suspended until January 14 due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.