Colombian police capture FARC guerrilla accused of kidnapping

15:23, May 15, 2010      

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The Colombian Police captured on Friday a member from the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the west of the country, who was accused of kidnapping and torturing two officers.

Colombian National Police chief General Oscar Naranjo said the detained rebel was accused of kidnapping police agent Javier Solorzano on June 4, 2007 and army officer Salin Antonio San Miguel on May 23, 2008. Both abductees are still held hostage by FARC rebels.

The rebel member, alias "El Gringo," was injured by an anti-personnel mine in the rural area of Valle del Cauca department, which led to his capture, Naranjo said.

Naranjo added that "El Gringo" was wanted by the Colombian justice for the crimes of weapons-trafficking, kidnapping, bodily injury, aggressive homicide, terrorism and rebellion.

On April 13, FARC released video clips of the two hostages, and demanded the Colombian government make "humanitarian exchange" of some 500 imprisoned guerrillas for 22 kidnapped police agents and military officers.

Source: Xinhua
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