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Eight FARC dissidents killed in Colombia border clash

AFP  |  Bogota 

Eight dissidents have been killed in clashes with Colombian forces near the border with Ecuador, authorities in announced today.

The dissidents were commanded by a former rebel who rejected the 2016 peace agreement with the government of Juan Manuel Santos, the defence ministry said.

One of those killed in the clashes in the Putumayo department was an to the former rebel known as

Dissidents in the area are accused of the historic killings of dozens of soldiers and civilians before disarmed, according to the

Cadete, who was not reported to be among the casualties, is suspected of involvement in trafficking cocaine and coltan to and

Under the peace accord, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of (FARC) disarmed its 7,000 fighters in order to join the political process. It is now a political party. However, hundreds of remnants of the rebel force are still active in drug-trafficking in the border areas.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 07:15 IST