Colombian President confirms death of drug lord

09:15, December 30, 2010      

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said on Wednesday that drug lord Pedro Oliveiro Guerrero, also known as "murderer of the murderers" or "Cuchillo" (knife), has been killed by police.

Santos said that in a December 25 operative, one of Guerrero's key complices was captured and Guerrero was killed; his body was found four days later, and his identity was confirmed early Wednesday morning.

"It is very important that we accomplished this, it is a good way to close the year, a year that has been fruitful for Police and for the Armed Forces," said the head of state after he talked about the details of the operative.

According to Santos, the operative against "Cuchillo" began on the evening of December 24, and ended on the morning of December 25. During the operative, two police officers were also killed.

Santos said that Guerrero's body was identified Wednesday morning "through fingerprints" and he said that those involved in the operative will be rewarded.

Guerrero was found with two guns, one was gold and diamond plated, and he had the knife "in his hands that he used to behead his victims."

"This is the kind of person who fell. Today December 29 we can say that the murderer of murderers has fallen. This is the hardest hit that we have made to criminal groups," he said.

The United States had asked for Guerrero's extradition, and offered 2.5 million dollars for his capture. He was killed in the rural region of Mapiripan, Meta department, Colombia.

Source: Xinhua

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