The leader of the communist guerrillas of the FARC in Colombia, Alfonso Cano, was “to fall” on Thursday in a military operation against him in the south, revealed on Sunday the president Juan Manuel Santos.
According to Santos, the troops reached the camp early Thursday in which it was Cano, but he had fled earlier. “Last night, Wednesday night, slept there,” the president said in a statement to reporters after visiting the camp abandoned by the leader of the FARC.
“It’s the third time we’ve been about to grab it,” said Santos, who promised again that “sooner or later will fall.”
According to the president, the troops reached the camp, located in a secluded area on the border between the departments (provinces) of Huila and Cauca (southwest), “thanks to his own people are betraying.”
“We found that he had slept in the camp,” he said Santos in his remarks to reporters at the Catam military airport, after arriving in Bogota area of themilitary operation, on which declined to reveal details.
Santos also said that with the ongoing operations being conducted by police against the top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), it has had to leave their “traditional area of operations,” which did not specify.
“Our forces are on the offensive. What happened was just another operation against Alfonso Cano (….), but the police will continue chasing because sooner or later will fall, like going to fall all the leaders of FARC and have been falling, “he said.
Cano, whose real name is Guillermo Leon Sanchez Vargas, and that the next meet July 22 63, assumed leadership of the FARC after the death of the historical leader Manuel Marulanda (“Sureshot”), the March 26, 2008 by heart attack, according to the guerrilla group.
The FARC, with 47 years of armed struggle against the Colombian state, is the nation’s oldest guerrilla and currently has about 8,000 fighters according to the Ministry of Defense, after the past decade grew to between 11,000 and 17,000 members.
Right-wing former president Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010) launched a major military offensive against the FARC led by Santos when he was defense minister.
Santos vowed Sunday to continue the offensive.