BOGOTA – A mob attacked three DAS intelligence agency officers who were arresting a FARC guerrilla over the weekend in the southwestern Colombian city of Cali, allowing the suspect to get away, DAS chief Felipe Muñoz said.
The three officers – two men and a woman – were attacked Saturday as they were arresting Ivan Danilo Alarcon, who started screaming that he was being kidnapped.
The incident occurred near the Cali Polytechnic University campus, where the officers had gone to arrest the suspect, who allegedly provides “logistical support to the FARC’s 6th Front and is wanted on rebellion charges,” Muñoz said.
The DAS officers were “restrained, beaten and threatened with death for more than an hour by a group of people who had congregated at the educational institution, allowing the narcoterrorist to escape,” Muñoz said.
Several people punched and kicked one of the officers, while others stole the DAS agents’ personal belongings, bullet-proof vests, caps, a USB memory stick, ammunition clips, ammunition and weapons.
“The assailants dragged the officers to the university installations, where they once again beat, insulted and humiliated them,” the DAS said in a statement.
Alarcon fled and the DAS officers were released several hours later by the mob.
The fugitive Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla faces a 50-month prison sentence on a drug conviction. EFE