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Colombia Military Hours Behind FARC Leader: Santos

ALFONSO CANO / 4 JUL 2011 BY RONAN GRAHAM EN

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has revealed that the leader of the FARC rebel group recently narrowly avoided capture by the security forces.

On Thursday evening, a Special Forces team entered a deserted rebel camp in a mountainous jungle region between the districts of Cauca and Huila, in the center-west of the country. According to Santos, FARC leader Guillermo Leon Saenz Vargas, alias "Alfonso Cano” had slept there the previous night, and fled only a few hours before the camp was discovered.

Two dogs, which appeared to have been kept as pets, as well as clothing and other personal items were discovered at the site, apparently abandoned by the rebels as they made a hurried escape. (See a photo of the camp, left).

The president claimed that the information on Saenz’s whereabouts came from a source within the FARC, and warned the guerrillas that they were being betrayed by their own people.

Santos instructed the security forces to continue their offensive against the guerrillas. "Each leader and each member of the FARC is going to fall, one by one, sooner or later," he promised.

In February, Santos stated that security forces knew the whereabouts of the FARC leader and would not hesitate to kill him.

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