Colombia navy operation kills 10 FARC dissidents

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Colombian military bombs a base housing dissidents from the previous FARC insurgent group in Calamar, southeast Colombia.

Bombing by the Colombian navy has killed 10 and injured three at a base utilized by dissidents from the previous FARC armed group in southeast Colombia, in accordance with the minister.

Defence Minister Diego Molano mentioned on Twitter on Tuesday the navy motion had “neutralised” 13 FARC dissidents beneath the command of a person who goes by the alias “Gentil Duarte”. He didn’t say when the assault occurred.

A supply instructed AFP information company that 10 died and three had been wounded.

The dissidents had distanced themselves from Colombia’s 2016 peace pact, which ended a half-century civil conflict and noticed the then-FARC disarm the next yr.

The bombing was performed within the municipal space of Calamar within the jungle of southeastern Colombia, the place former FARC dissidents nonetheless function.

“These narco-criminals are responsible for the recruitment of minors, attacks against our public forces, kidnapping and illegal mining,” mentioned Molano.

He added the federal government will “not rest” till it finds Duarte, one of the wished insurgent commanders in Colombia.

Last Friday, the nation launched a 7,000-strong elite pressure to battle rebels financed by drug trafficking and different unlawful actions.

It mentioned the pressure would pursue members of the ELN – the final lively insurgent group in Colombia – in addition to drug gangs and ex-FARC rebels who’ve deserted the peace phrases.

In December, the UN mentioned the Colombian authorities had killed 244 former FARC fighters because the signing of the peace accords.

Colombia continues to battle a multi-faceted armed battle involving left-wing fighters, drug-traffickers and right-wing paramilitaries competing for management of the profitable cocaine and unlawful mineral extraction industries.

In February, President Ivan Duque accused Venezuela of “protecting” the remaining insurgent fighters.

His counterpart Nicolas Maduro responded that his nation would “respond with force” if Colombia’s new elite pressure or Duque “dared to violate the sovereignty of Venezuela”.

More than 9 million folks have died, disappeared or been displaced due to preventing in opposition to insurgent forces in Colombia because the 1960s.