Colombia captures 40 alleged FARC guerilla members

12:47, October 20, 2009      

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The Colombian authorities said on Monday that they had captured 40 guerilla members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) from across the country.

Felipe Munoz, director of the Colombian Administrative Department of Security (DAS), said the authorities had aimed at 53detentions in all and that those already detained were members on the front under FARC commander German Suarez.

The authorities also clarified that not all of the detained were active combatants but were collaborating with FARC.

Munoz added that Suarez is one of the major FARC commanders.

The FARC has been the main target of the "Democratic Security" policy launched by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe since he took office in 2002 and financed by the U.S. government.

Allegedly the largest and oldest insurgent group in the Americas, FARC now has an estimated total force of 11,000, down from 16,000 in 2001.

Source: Xinhua
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