Colombian armed conflict intensifies
Colombia: The Colombian armed conflict is threatening to intensify
after a new incident in area close to the border with Ecuador, with at
least eight police officers killed and four injured. The police officers
were trying to avoid an incursion of possible FARC guerrilla members to
San Miguel municipality, Putumayo.
General Oscar Naranjo said the attack came from Colombian territory
and denied that there were civil casualties during exchange of fire
between both forces.
This incident motivated the Governments of Ecuador and Colombia to
activate the Binational Border Commission (COMBIFRON) to reinforce the
Defence Minister Rodrigo Rivera assured the Government is working on
a new plan to fight the rebels, which will be ready in September.
National Police reported that casualties in the military forces had
Government forces and rebels have intensified confrontations since
Juan Manuel Santos assumed the Colombian Presidency August 7.