The Colombian army on Friday reported the arrest of two men as suspects in the attack that killed four people, including three soldiers, this week in Casanare, in the east of the country.
According to the statement released by the Colombian Army, the two detainees respond to the pseudonyms “Wilder Castellanos” and “Chigüiro” and both belong to the 28 dissident front of the disbanded FARC, a group that the authorities have already blamed for the attack on Thursday. .
The two, who are detained in a village north of Casanare, are charged with grievous homicide for terrorist purposes, grave conspiracy for terrorist purposes, and illegal possession of weapons and explosives.
Authorities claim that the 22-year-old ‘Savage Castellanos’ not only participated in “various criminal acts on Venezuelan and Colombian territory”, but also the third leader and chief financial officer of the 28 Pardo Galeano, aka “Antonio Medina”.
In the case of ‘Chigüiro’, 35, the army implicated him in developing an explosive attack that struck a shopping mall in Yopal, capital of Casanare, on September 10th.
The attack came in the early hours of Tuesday when a group of soldiers disembarking from an army vehicle fell victim to an explosion that killed three of them and a civilian. The victims are the first corporal Edison Buitrago Prada and the soldiers Diner Inocencio de Dios and Brayan Morales Rincón. Of the wounded are three other soldiers and two civilians.
The figure of ‘Antonio Medina’ only gained special significance a few months ago when he assured in a recording that he was supporting the skirmishes of the 10th Front, which operates in the neighboring department of Arauca, against the bases of the Venezuelan army, the country with which it is Colombian region shares a border.
According to the Colombian authorities, both fronts support the structure of Miguel Botache Santillana, alias “Gentil Duarte”, a dissidence in the dispute with that of Luciano Marín Arango, known as “Iván Márquez”, one of the interlocutors in the peace agreements with the government, which 2018 finally decided to resume armed struggle as they were not respected.