By Jim Kouri
A Colombian army captain and ten soldiers were killed in an ambush by narco-terrorists from Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Saturday, according to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration intelligence analyst specializing on Latin America. FARC also threatened American law enforcement advisors assisting the Colombian forces claiming Americans will be killed on sight, the source stated.
The terrorist ambush occurred near the Colombian-Venezuelan border while the troops were patrolling an area about 250 miles from Colombia’s capital city of Bogota, the analyst told the Law Enforcement Examiner. Besides the 11 deaths, two soldiers were seriously wounded, he said.
According to a Colombian government’s press statement, this was the worst terrorist attack in many months. In October 2011, FARC terrorists killed a total of 20 soldiers in two separate attacks.
In this latest attack, the rebels are believed to have launched improvised explosive missiles (IEMs) at the patrolling soldiers.
The area adjacent to where the attack took place a center for exploration by oil companies and is frequently victimized by terrorists who vandalize and steal property or kidnap oil company executives for ransom.
The patrol ambushed by FARC on Saturday belonged to a military detail assigned to protecting oil installations and roads used by petrol tankers.
The attack came on the same day as the FARC announced it was ready to release 10 soldiers and police officers it has held hostage for as long as 14 years.
However, the FARC commanders said on the group’s web site that President Juan Manuel Santos must first allow a group of activists to visit imprisoned FARC members.
President Santos told the terrorist group’s leaders that once all of the hostages are freed and the group complies with his order to disarm and rejoin civilian society, then he will allow prisoners visitor privileges.