Five Colombian Soldiers Dead and Eight Wounded by Explosive

Por Dialogo
marzo 09, 2009

BOGOTA, March 7, 2009 (AFP) – Five Colombian soldiers were killed and eight were ‎injured after an explosion during an inspection in a remote rural area of the department of ‎Meta (center), the General Command of the Armed Forces said.‎ According to the military report, the incident occurred when the soldiers were inspecting ‎a recently found underground cache.‎ The cache, located in a highly mined zone, was discovered by troops deployed to a ‎registration and control area in the Cano Cabra sector, a rural location of Vista Hermosa ‎in the department of Meta (center), the command added in a press release.‎ The soldiers belonged to the Omega Joint Task Force, a troop specializing in the war on ‎the leftist guerrillas.‎ On this matter, the command said that "the Armed Forces of Colombia will not cease ‎operations against the terrorist groups that have caused so much damage to the ‎Colombian people."‎ The media has reported that the soldiers were searching for caches in which the guerrillas ‎of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) conceal weapons and ‎explosives.‎ Hours earlier, the Army had learned about the discovery of a cache matching that ‎description which had been found in the Cano Correntoso village, a rural town of Puerto ‎Rico, which is also in Meta.‎ According to this report, 89 pistols of various types were found, along with as 20 ‎revolvers, six rifle chargers, a machine gun bipod, a mortar with targeting devices, a ‎mortar tube, and one machine gun cannon.‎ The FARC is the largest guerrilla group that has been fighting in the country for the past ‎‎44 years, and according to the Army its strength has dropped from 11 to 7 thousand ‎combatants because of the policy of President Alvaro Uribe’s government to fight the ‎rebel organization.‎
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