Colombia says at least 23 FARC dissidents killed in operation | Conflict News

Navy operation ‘forcefully dismantles’ FARC dissident construction, Colombian defence minister says.

A minimum of 23 dissidents of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgent group have been killed throughout an operation by the Colombian armed forces alongside the Venezuelan border, the defence ministry mentioned.

The dissidents “died throughout navy operations” carried out within the northern border division of Arauca, a narcotrafficking hall that has seen fierce combating between armed teams because the starting of the yr, a supply within the ministry informed the AFP information company on Thursday.

Among the many useless was a former FARC chief often known as “Arturo”.

5 dissidents have been moreover injured, the supply mentioned.

“This operation forcefully dismantles the FARC dissident construction,” Colombian defence minister Diego Molano mentioned in a video revealed on social media.

Colombia signed a peace settlement in 2016 with the FARC to finish a decades-long battle, however some dissident members of the group have chosen to not recognise it.

The defence minister mentioned Arturo “took refuge in Venezuela and from there sought to reactivate the dissident teams to proceed committing crimes”.

Former FARC dissidents, in addition to members of Colombia’s final lively guerilla group often known as the ELN, have arrange bases in Venezuela, the place Colombian authorities say they obtain authorities backing – an accusation Caracas denies.

One other insurgent group chief often known as “Ernesto” was additionally killed within the operation.

Final month, President Ivan Duque introduced the “neutralisation” of the insurgent group chief often known as “Jhonier”, whereas in October of final yr the alleged drug kingpin often known as “Otoniel” was captured.

He’s now awaiting extradition to america, the place he was charged in 2015 – amongst different alleged Colombian drug traffickers – of conspiring to distribute cocaine, “figuring out that it could be imported into america”.

In January, combating between insurgent teams close to the Venezuelan border left at the least 23 individuals useless. The teams have been combating over management of unlawful economies similar to drug trafficking, Colombia’s military mentioned on the time.

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