A serious blow was dealt to the leftist guerrilla group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) on Sunday by the Colombian military.
At least 22 FARC guerillas were killed while fighting National Police near San Miguel, Colombia. The site of this incident is the same one where 8 police officers were just killed in an ambush on September 10th.
The FARC guerillas were killed in an operation coordinated by the National Police with help from the army and air force.
President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Ecuadorian officials for their help as well, and said the deaths of the 22 guerillas, “is the biggest blow in recent times against” the FARC.
The guerillas killed were members of the FARC’s 48th Front who were also responsible for the deaths of the 8 officers.
Last Monday, the United Nations condemned the guerillas’ use of gas cylinders to attack police in San Miguel, the placing of explosives on the bodies of fallen officers, and the planting of landmines as they withdrew. The U.N. said FARC’s tactics could constitute “war crimes.”
Currently, FARC is estimated to have about 8,000 fighters, who cover a large portion of Colombia.