BOGOTA – Colombian army troops reported Sunday that they had killed three FARC guerrillas and captured 17 in operations carried out in two regions of the country.
According to the report given to the press by the 9th Brigade, soldiers killed three alleged Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, rebels near the southern city of Neiva, including the third-in-command of the Angelino Godoy squad, a man known as “Jorge.”
Jorge was, according to the information offered by Colombian authorities, responsible for murdering at least 10 people and kidnapping 15 others.
In addition, he has been blamed – over the past two years – for at least three terrorist attacks against members of the public security forces in Neiva, the capital of Huila province.
In the same operation, the date of which was not provided by the military, three other alleged FARC rebels were captured.
The military also said that three more guerrillas handed over their weapons to security forces and in the coming days they will be enrolled in programs the government is offering to reintegrate into society any rebel fighters who voluntarily lay down their arms.
Meanwhile, 14 presumed guerrillas, among them the brother of the FARC’s commander of the 30th Front, a leader called “Mincho,” were captured by police.
The 30th Front operates along Colombia’s Pacific coast near the port of Buenaventura.
According to the private radio station Caracol, among the people captured are 10 men and four women, two of whom say they are representatives of two different non-governmental organizations.
The regional police commander, Gen. Gustavo Adolfo Ricaurte, said that the ongoing police operations are aimed at tracking down and capturing Mincho.