Two Colombian soldiers died and another four were wounded after setting foot in a minefield installed by FARC guerrillas operating in the southwestern province of Nariño bordering on Ecuador, army officials said Saturday.
A communique from the Colombian armed forces said the fatalities and the wounded belonged to the Pegasus Task Force that was carrying out search and control tasks in the hamlet of Sumbiambi.
The dead soldiers were identified as Gilberto Estrada Cantillo and Carlos Andres Olarte Leon in the document reporting the incident that occurred on Friday.
The commander of the Pegasus Task Force, Gen. Mario Augusto Valencia, denounced the incident in the name of the “soldiers of Colombia,” while expressing his condolences and solidarity with the victims’ families.
According to the army, the minefield was laid by members of the 22nd Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
The Colombian govnerment and the FARC are preparing peace talks after installing the negotiating table in Oslo, Norway, on Oct. 18, and will continue in Havana about halfway through this month.
The initiative seeks to put an end to a conflict that has afflicted the Andean nation for almost half a century.
Pasto, the capital of Nariño, welcomes this weekend the Regional Peace Tables at which regional leaders seek to reach agreement on proposals they will then forward to Havana.