BOGOTA – Army troops killed four FARC guerrillas in fighting in east-central Colombia’s Sierra de La Macarena, military spokesmen said.
Troops from Taskforce Omega clashed on Saturday with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Eastern Bloc fighters in an “area of influence” of Jorge Briceño Suarez, known as “Mono Jojoy” and considered the rebel organization’s military chief, in the mountains, which rise out of the Eastern Plains, the military spokesmen said.
No military casualties were reported in the operation, which is continuing.
The army captured FARC guerrilla Martin Cuero, a close associate of Briceño, on Thursday in Calarca, a town in the west-central province of Quindio.
The armed forces carried out several other operations targeting Colombian guerrillas.
Army troops found and destroyed 250 kilos (550 pounds) of explosives, as well as five landmines, during “area search and control operations” on Saturday in several towns in Valle del Cauca province, military spokesmen said.
Explosives experts from the 9th Brigade deactivated a bomb in a rural area outside Algeciras, a city in the southern province of Huila, where members of the FARC’s Teofilo Forero unit planned to carry out attacks, the army said.
Army troops also found a FARC arsenal near San Francisco, a city in the northwestern province of Antioquia, containing 200 kilos (440 pounds) of explosives, several rifles and ammunition.