The leader of the leftist guerrilla group known as FARC is dead, after a rebel camp was attacked, Saturday.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said the camp was bombed by the air force, and several items reputedly belonging to the commander of FARC, Fabian Ramirez were found. He said that indicated that Ramirez was apparently killed in the attack. Weapons, computers and a backpack were discovered in the rubble of the camp.
Authorities soon identified and confirmed Ramirez was among the dead. His body was discovered by ground troops in the aftermath, once the area was secured.
Ramirez, whose real name is Jose Benito Cabrera Cuevas, was the commander in the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. He died along with four or five other guerrillas suspected to have been in the jungle camp during the early morning raid. The camp was located near San Vicente del Caguan, in southern Caqueta, the president said.
In 2002, Ramirez claimed responsibility for kidnapping the then-presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, and was wanted in the U.S. on drug-trafficking charges.
This will be the second most important act in the fight against FARC’s military structure since “Mono Jojoy”, the guerrilla’s military head, was killed in a similar raid in September.
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