6 Alleged FARC Members Arrested in Colombia
    2011-09-29 13:49:28     Xinhua       Web Editor: liuranran

At least six alleged members of the country's largest left-wing guerrilla group were captured in the capital area on Wednesday, the Colombian army said.

The group of rebels were nabbed in a house in the capital of Bogota and massive weapons and ammunitions were found inside, Juan Amaya, an army spokesman, said.

"We captured the second-in-command of the Front 43 unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the other five people together with him," Amaya told local press. The second-in-command, alias "Dido," has been a FARC member for 28 years.

The alleged FARC members were believed to be heading back to the remote region of Llanos Orientales, near the border with Venezuela.

Amaya said the large volume of ammunitions included "about 4,000 cartridges of different calibers, explosive devices, gunpowder, plastic explosive bars and short assault weapons."

They gathered these ammunitions to strengthen their terrorist attacks, he added.

President Juan Manuel Santos said at a military event that the government would crack down on all such attempts by the FARC and other illegal armed groups.

"We will not tolerate this, and it has to be clear that we are going to do everything we can to stop them," said Santos, who addressed the event in Tumaco, southern Narino province of Colombia.

"We know very well that the FARC's strategy is to spur protests and cause social violence and chaos," Santos said, calling on all citizens who detected anything suspicious to inform authorities.

The FARC, Colombia's largest rebel group, has been at war with the government since its establishment in 1964.

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