MADRID, 30 Aug. –
The Colombian Military Forces have killed nine alleged FARC dissidents, including a former guerrilla from alias 'Gildardo Cucho' and that, according to the president, Iván Duque, was the leader of a cell that sought to join the group headed by Iván Márquez .
Colombian Defense Minister Guillermo Botero has reported the death of nine people during a deployment in a rural area of San Vicente del Caguán, in the department of Caquetá. “Criminals are warned: they surrender or they will be defeated,” he proclaimed on Twitter.
Santos has also realized this “offensive operation” during an act in which he explained that on Thursday night he authorized the Joint Special Operations Command to act against a “gang of criminals, narco-terrorists.”
“They are residuals of what was known as the FARC and that are part of the criminal structures that now seek to challenge Colombia,” he said, a day after Iván Márquez and another dozen former guerrillas appeared in a video announcing his return to weapons for the alleged betrayals of the 2016 peace agreement.
Duque has reported that among the deceased is 'Gildardo Cucho', “leader of that organization” and “dedicated to drug trafficking, kidnapping, intimidation of social leaders.” “He intended to be part of this threatening structure that yesterday was presented to the country as a new guerrilla,” the president added.
Both Duque and Botero have put this operation as an example of the will of the authorities to continue fighting those who do not lay down their weapons. The president has stressed that, with this coup, FARC dissidents “have already started receiving clear messages,” according to Caracol Radio.