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FARC dissidents killed in border operation: Colombian army

AFP  |  Bogota 

Sixteen dissident members of Colombian former guerrilla group were killed in a military operation on the border with Venezuela, the has said.

"We will not lower our against these criminals," wrote on

The operation was carried out in the municipality of Fortul, in the South American country's department of Arauca, the statement said yesterday.

The statement gave few details of the military action, but told reporters that a prominent rebel commander, Alex Rendon, could be among the dead.

The said the group was responsible for attacks on a local hospital, and security forces in the area.

It said the group had combined with local leaders of the National Liberation Army, or by its Spanish acronym, to try to control drug trafficking in the departments of Arauca, Boyaca and Casanare, as well as coordinate "extortion activities, arms trafficking and the articulation of terrorist plans." The is currently in peace talks with

Santos signed a 2016 peace agreement with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of (FARC), the country's largest rebel group, which has since transformed into a political party.

But around 1,200 dissident combatants refused to lay down their arms and continue to operate in various parts of This was the biggest operation yet against the rebel holdouts.

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First Published: Thu, June 14 2018. 07:11 IST
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