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Suspect in Killing of 3 Police Arrested in Southwest Colombia

BOGOTA – The Colombian army captured a renegade FARC rebel commander wanted in connection with the killing of three police officers, the Defense Ministry said on Friday.

Samuel Javier Yotengo Yafue, a.k.a. “Mordisco,” was arrested in Bolivar, Cauca province.

Yotengo is thought to be responsible for the deaths of the three police officers killed last Sept. 30 in Miranda, Cauca, the ministry said on Twitter.

The attack took place when a police patrol was passing through El Caraqueño village en route to a rendezvous with other officers in Miranda.

The army sent reinforcements and the ensuing clash left one attacker dead and two wounded.

Mordisco is also accused of kidnapping and extortion, while the army says that he was also involved in drug trafficking.

“Additionally, he is responsible for the murders of several residents of the region, as well as vehicle burning,” the post continued.

President Juan Manuel Santos praised the army for the operation in which Mordisco was captured.

“The life of our heroes is sacred, as is the life of all Colombians,” Santos said on Twitter. “The full force of the law will befall those who threaten it.”

While the vast majority of members of the FARC guerrilla group have demobilized and handed over their weapons under a 2016 peace accord with the government, small groups of fighters rejected the pact and refused to stand down.

 

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