Colombia kills top FARC rebel leader

Colombian troops killed a leftist commander in a raid on his jungle camp, the government said on Thursday.

Colombia kills top FARC rebel leader

Colombian troops killed a leftist commander in a raid on his jungle camp, the government said on Thursday.

Colombia's new President Juan Manuel Santos, sworn in just last month, called it a major victory against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, a decades-old Marxist insurgency.

"This is is the beginning of the end of 40 years of war in Colombia," Santos said in New York, where he was attending the annual U.N. General Assembly meetings.

Jojoy, 59, was killed in an air strike and ground raid involving more than 30 planes and 25 helicopters, the army said. As many as 20 other rebels were killed in the operation in the Macarena region, one of the FARC's last strongholds.

The rebel leader's hidden camp was a warren of tunnels including a concrete bunker to protect him from air strikes, Colombia's defense minister told reporters.

The military retrieved 14 computers and 60 USB storage devices from the bunker, which could aid further military efforts against the FARC, Santos said.

The FARC's founder, Manuel Marulanda, died in 2008, and two other senior commanders were killed that year.

A White House spokesman called the killing "an important victory for Colombia" and said President Barack Obama would discuss it with Santos when they meet on Friday in New York.


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