Colombian army kills seven FARC guerillas in air raid

Seven FARC guerillas killed one day after group declared end to unilateral ceasefire

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Colombian army killed at least seven revolutionary guerillas on Saturday in an air strike in northwestern province of Antioquia.

The attack came a day after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced suspension of its unilateral ceasefire following another army bombardment on Thursday that killed 26 members of the group in southern Columbia.

The group had declared a unilateral ceasefire five months ago to facilitate the peace talks they have been holding with the Colombian government in Cuba since 2012, aimed at bringing an end to country’s decades long conflict.

“In the case of the FARC we have stated clearly that we will continue to fight until we can negotiate a definitive bilateral ceasefire,” President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday speaking at an event in capital Bogota.

The government had resumed raids against the FARC since the guerillas killed 11 soldiers in the Cauca region.

The Colombian government and the guerilla groups, most notably the FARC and National Liberation Army (ELN) rebels have been maintaining an armed struggle since the early 1960s.

The 50 years of struggle between Colombian army and the leftist guerrilla groups caused the death of at least 220,000 people as well as displacements of hundreds of thousands inside Colombia.

TRTWorld and agencies