Colombian governor kidnapped

A Colombian state governor was kidnapped on Monday after gunmen dressed in military uniforms attacked his home in an assault authorities blamed on FARC guerrillas.

Colombian governor kidnapped
A Colombian state governor was kidnapped on Monday after gunmen dressed in military uniforms attacked his home in an assault authorities blamed on FARC guerrillas.

Colombian army and police officials said the Teofilo Forero unit of the FARC rebel group was "responsible" for the kidnapping, during which one police officer was killed.

"The governor was taken from his home by force, and one of the people who was guarding his house was killed," secretary for the Caqueta state governor's office, Edilberto Ramon Endo, told reporters.

FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, was once a strong rebel army controlling large parts of Colombia.

The FARC is still holding 24 police and soldiers hostage, some kidnapped more than a decade ago and held in jungle camps where they are chained up and forced to march to evade army patrols and aerial bombardments.



Reuters
Last Mod: 22 Aralık 2009, 11:42
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