Colombia strengthens security after chief militant's death

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More than 2,000 policemen on Friday were added to the vigilance works in Bogota, Colombia's capital, in order to avoid any retaliation due to the death of Mono Jojoy, military chief of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Andres Restrepo, government director in charge of Bogota, told local radio station Caracol Radio that the National Police "began to deploy 2,277 police agents to protect the most important places."

Mono Jojoy was killed during a raid on Wednesday. However, his corpses was identified till Thursday morning and later taken to Bogota.

Restrepo said that the policemen will be "guarding the Legal Medicine Institute" where the corpse of seven rebels were preserved.

Meanwhile, the FARC demanded on Friday "an opportunity for the peace, not for surrender" in its first statement published after the death of its top leader Mono Jojoy.

The FARC's statement, published by the News Agency Nueva Colombia (Anncol) said that "the only way is the political solution for this internal social and armed conflict, and we will be a determinant factor."

On Thursday, the Colombian military forces announced the death of Mono Jojoy during a raid carried in the south of the country.

The FARC keeps some 20 police and military officers as hostages, some of them have been kept for some 12 years.

The FARC added that they will continue their armed fight and will not surrender.

"We continue demanding an opportunity for the peace, not for the surrender," the FARC added.

Source: Xinhua


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