The Colombian authorities have announced the arrest of Euclides España, aka “Johnnier”, the supreme leader of the FARC dissidents operating in Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Nariño, together with the group commanded by Néstor Gregorio Vera, aka “Iván Mordisco”, arrested. and Miguel Botache, aka Gentil Duarte.
“We launched this operation 25 days ago with timely information from the National Police. Effective work of the Army Special Forces and a very clear, very determined leadership and control of the Joint Special Operations Command,” reported Commanding General of the Colombian Army Armed Forces General Luis Fernando Navarro Jimenez.
At 3:00 p.m. (local time), he said that all security forces, along with the Air Force that provided assistance, managed to “neutralize” this “symbol of evil” so that from now on “it no longer poses a threat for the country”.
“It allows to neutralize the main expansionist threat with this ringleader (who wanted) to use the drug trafficking business to expand the illegal, criminal and terrorist activities of the FARC dissidents in the Cauca Valley, Cauca and Nariño ‘ he told Minister Diego Molano at a press conference.
For his part, the country’s President, Iván Duque, has highlighted that a reward of 3,000 million pesos – about 665,000 euros – has been offered for the “bandit” – an amount that “is paid thanks to the cooperation of human sources”. .
The director of the Colombian police, Jorge Luis Vargas, has stressed that he is a “pure drug dealer” and, as he has stressed, is responsible for the car bomb that exploded in front of the mayor’s office of Corinto, a municipality of the department of Cauca.
That explosion killed at least 43 people in an attack that the Colombian government attributed to the so-called “Dagoberto Ramos” column, a dissident group of the former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).
“(He is) directly responsible for the multiple attacks on military and police installations in Cauca (…) by 7 structures that committed acts of burning vehicles and preventing the transit of people between communities. Responsible for injuries caused by the police, by more than 46 police officers,” Luis Vargas explained at length.