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FARC commander killed by Colombian army

Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 - 00:56

Aug 3 - A commander of the FARC rebel group is killed in clashes with the Colombian military, whilst peace talks continue in Cuba. Lily Grimes reports.

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The Colombian military captures a FARC rebel as part of their ongoing operations against the militant marxist group. On Thursday, General Sergio Mantilla announced a leading FARC commander, operating under the alias 'Robin', had died fighting the Colombian army in the south east of the country. The general said 'Robin', whose real name was Ferley Rodon Marin and who led FARC's 52 Front, was responsible for countless crimes against civilians and troops over 24 years. Peace negotiations between FARC and the Colombian government have been ongoing for nine months, in a bid to put an end to a conflict spanning nearly five decades, leaving more than 200,000 dead. The talks in Cuba are taking place without a ceasefire. The Colombian government decided that a period of military respite would only strengthen its old enemy.

FARC commander killed by Colombian army

Saturday, Aug 03, 2013 - 00:56

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