|
|
|
|
Search: 
Latin American Herald Tribune
Venezuela Overview
Venezuelan Embassies & Consulates Around The World
Sites/Blogs about Venezuela
Venezuelan Newspapers
Facts about Venezuela
Venezuela Tourism
Embassies in Caracas

Colombia Overview
Colombian Embassies & Consulates Around the World
Government Links
Embassies in Bogota
Media
Sites/Blogs about Colombia
Educational Institutions

Stocks

Commodities
Crude Oil
US Gasoline Prices
Natural Gas
Gold
Silver
Copper

Euro
UK Pound
Australia Dollar
Canada Dollar
Brazil Real
Mexico Peso
India Rupee

Antigua & Barbuda
Aruba
Barbados
Cayman Islands
Cuba
Curacao
Dominica

Grenada
Haiti
Jamaica
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Belize
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama

Bahamas
Bermuda
Mexico

Argentina
Brazil
Chile
Guyana
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

What's New at LAHT?
Follow Us On Facebook
Follow Us On Twitter
Most Viewed on the Web
Popular on Twitter
Receive Our Daily Headlines


  HOME | Colombia (Click here for more)

Number of Police Killed in FARC Ambush in Colombia Rises to 14

BOGOTA – A total of 14 police officers were killed and nine were wounded in a FARC rebel ambush earlier this week in the southern Colombian province of Caqueta, police Gen. Santiago Parra said.

Parra made the remarks 24 hours after Wednesday’s attack by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrillas, in a rural area outside the town of El Doncello.

“The carabineros (members of a specialized mobile unit of the National Police) were ambushed in the Rionegro area by the FARC’s 15th Front, where 14 patrollers, including a sergeant, were killed,” the officer said.

On the day of the attack, Caqueta Government Secretary Edilberto Ramon Endo said the FARC ambush occurred as police were traveling between the towns of Rionegro and El Doncello, in the Amazon province of Caqueta, and that five officers were killed and three were wounded.

Parra said the rebels detonated roadside bombs before shooting the carabineros at close range and finally dousing them with gasoline.

He said the death toll from the ambush could only be determined Thursday after authorities were able to make their way to the scene of the attack, where 62 explosive devices, known as “Chinese hats,” were deactivated.

The general said another nine police were wounded, seven of whom were transported to a hospital in Florencia, Caqueta’s capital. The other two were transferred to Bogota due to the severity of their injuries.

The FARC ambush in Caqueta was followed by two others Thursday near Colombia’s borders with Ecuador and Venezuela that left at least three soldiers dead and seven more wounded.

The ambush in Caqueta is the deadliest since President Juan Manuel Santos came to power on Aug. 7.

The FARC has expressed a willingness to start a dialogue with the government, but Santos has said he will fight the FARC as long as the guerrilla group continues to engage in “terrorism,” adding that the rebels would have to stop staging kidnappings and release all hostages. EFE
 

 

Xbox Live Gratuit
Copyright Latin American Herald Tribune - 2009 © All rights reserved