HomeNewsBriefArmy Says Captured FARC Leader is Responsible for IED, 10 Deaths
BRIEF

Army Says Captured FARC Leader is Responsible for IED, 10 Deaths

COLOMBIA / 24 OCT 2011 BY JEANNA CULLINAN EN

The Colombian Army has captured a leader of FARC's 10th Front, presumed responsible for an attack using improvised explosive device (IED) that left 10 soldiers dead and 13 wounded on Saturday in the Arauca department, on Colombia's northern border with Venezuela.

The leader, who was identified only as 'El Perico' in an El Espectador article, is allegedly the head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia's (FARC) milicias in the area where the bomb exploded. Saturday's attack occurred less than 24 hours after another guerrilla attack left 10 soldiers dead and six seriously wounded in the western Nariño department, which lies on Colombia's southern border with Ecuador.

President Santos is facing criticism for a flawed approach to providing security in Colombia as the country prepares to vote in local and regional elections this week. According to Colombia's Electoral Observation Mission (MOE), this year's electoral campaign period is the most violent in Colombia's recent history. At least 41 candidates have been killed and allegations of widespread corruption, fraud and insecurity seriously endanger the possibility of free and fair elections, the MOE says (download XL document with violence data here).

The president traveled to Arauca with his new defense minister and top military leaders to analyze the situation and make any adjustments to security protocols deemed necessary to restore order. President Santos replaced his defense minister and military high command in September and provided additional resources to improve intelligence gathering about the Marxist rebel and criminal groups operating in the country.

share icon icon icon

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

What are your thoughts? Click here to send InSight Crime your comments.

We encourage readers to copy and distribute our work for non-commercial purposes, with attribution to InSight Crime in the byline and links to the original at both the top and bottom of the article. Check the Creative Commons website for more details of how to share our work, and please send us an email if you use an article.

Was this content helpful?

We want to sustain Latin America’s largest organized crime database, but in order to do so, we need resources.

DONATE

Related Content

COLOMBIA / 21 FEB 2022

Three retired Colombian army commanders have been accused of belonging to a criminal network that served the Urabeños drug clan,…

COLOMBIA / 26 OCT 2021

Two top police commanders in Colombia and Mexico have recently admitted to filtering sensitive information to drug traffickers while working…

COLOMBIA / 8 JUN 2022

New details have emerged about the assassination of Paraguayan prosecutor Marcelo Pecci, including that the hit was methodically planned in…

About InSight Crime

THE ORGANIZATION

Europe Coverage Makes a Splash

20 JAN 2023

Last week, InSight Crime published an analysis of the role of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport as an arrival hub for cocaine and methamphetamine from Mexico.  The article was picked up by…

THE ORGANIZATION

World Looks to InSight Crime for Mexico Expertise

13 JAN 2023

Our coverage of the arrest of Chapitos’ co-founder Ovidio Guzmán López in Mexico has received worldwide attention.In the UK, outlets including The Independent and BBC…

THE ORGANIZATION

InSight Crime Shares Expertise with US State Department

16 DEC 2022

Last week, InSight Crime Co-founder Steven Dudley took part in the International Anti-Corruption Conference organized by the US State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, & Labor and…

THE ORGANIZATION

Immediate Response to US-Mexico Marijuana Investigation

9 DEC 2022

InSight Crime’s investigation into how the legalization of marijuana in many US states has changed Mexico’s criminal dynamics made a splash this week appearing on the front page of…

THE ORGANIZATION

‘Ndrangheta Investigation, Exclusive Interview With Suriname President Make Waves

2 DEC 2022

Two weeks ago, InSight Crime published an investigation into how Italian mafia clan the ‘Ndrangheta built a cocaine trafficking network from South America to ‘Ndrangheta-controlled Italian ports. The investigation generated…