Thirty-six guerrillas belonging to the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) were killed yesterday in an army offensive in the central-eastern Meta province, said Colombian Defence minister Juan Carlos Pinzon and the army chief General Alejandro Navas.
The Colombian Radio Caracol today reports that the government deems the operation a success and according to Navas, a “highly strategic” blow to the guerrilla artillery. The government forces also killed some members of the FARC eastern front, considered among the strongest.
The operation comes a week after a previous one against the guerrilla group. Government troops clashed with FARC guerrillas in the Arauca province, not far from the border with venezuela. Based on official reports, also in this case 36 guerrillas were killed.
The new army operation was carried out in a delicate phase under various aspects: at the start of April 10 soldiers and policemen are set to be released by the FARC after a decade in captivity.