Colombian police kill rebel leader

13:42, October 26, 2009      

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Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said on Sunday that police had killed Hermes Triana, one of the top leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the largest rebel group in the country.

National Police launched an operation in Puerto Rico, a rural town in the southwestern province of Caqueta, where Triana, known as Pata Mala (Bad Paw), had been hiding, Uribe said.

Triana was the leader of the FARC's Teofilo Forero (TF) mobile column that carried out the 2003 El Nogal Club bombing in northern Bogota, one of the worst attacks in the city that killed 36 and injured 200.

The FARC guerrillas managed to park a car containing 200 kg of explosives in the club's garage and detonated the car bomb. There were approximately 600 people in the building at the time of the explosion.

The TF headquartered in Caqueta then killed councilors in the town of Rivera and a local deputy Jaime Lozada in 2005.

Director of the Colombian police, General Oscar Naranjo said an informant facilitated the raid on Triana. Two members of the police troops were injured in the operation.

Source: Xinhua
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