BOGOTA – Authorities discovered an arms cache belonging to members of the FARC rebel group who reject the peace accord the group signed with the government, Colombia’s defense minister said on Monday.
Police and military personnel found the weapons and explosives on Sunday in La Union, a village in the southern province of Guaviare, Luis Carlos Villegas said on Twitter.
The arsenal included rifles, 353 hand grenades and bomb-making materials hidden by a faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) who refused to accept the pact signed in November 2016 to end more than 50 years of conflict.
Sunday’s operation, involving 70 police and soldiers, will prevent “the residual criminal bands of the FARC” from carrying out attacks in the area, Guaviare police chief Col. Miguel Angel Botia Murillo said.
A group of FARC renegades recently attacked a police patrol, but no officers or civilians were hurt, Botia said.
Roughly 7,000 fighters accepted the peace treaty and have handed over their weapons to the United Nations.