MADRID, 2 Sep. –
At least 14 dissidents of the extinct FARC guerrillas have died in the framework of the bombings carried out by the Colombian Army in San Vicente del Caguán, in the department of Caquetá, in the south of the country, as the Minister of Defense reported on Monday Guillermo Botero.
Botero, who has not specified when the military operation took place, has indicated that, in addition to the 14 dead, several dissidents were captured, including 'Gildardo Cucho', who would serve as a liaison between the Caquetá rebels who have been refused to give up weapons.
In addition, he has indicated that security forces have seized numerous weapons, radio equipment and a computer that “can provide valuable intelligence information.”
Questioned in an interview on Blu Radio about the presence of civilians in the attacked area, as shown by a video broadcast on social networks, Botero has denied it and clarified that it is a false recording that actually corresponds to Brazil.
Senior leaders of the former FARC, including 'Iván Márquez' and 'Jesús Santrich', announced last week that they will resume the armed struggle for the alleged “betrayal” of the Government of Iván Duque to the peace agreement signed in 2016.
Botero has confirmed on the same station that the authorities already had news that 'El Paisa', a guerrilla close to 'Iván Márquez', “was trying to reconfigure the organization” armed.
'Jesús Santrich' has raised in the last hours the possible merger of the dissent and the National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia's second guerrilla who rose to first place after the peace agreement with the FARC.
For now, the ELN has not pronounced, although this Monday its magazine 'Insurrection' collects the news of the return to the arms of the FARC dissidents under the headline “Will to fight and hope to win.”
According to the Minister of Defense, between 80 and 90 percent of FARC dissidents are in Venezuela, but he stressed that “the option of a military operation is not considered by the Public Force” in the country neighbour.