Colombia rebel killed as FARC ceasefire goes into effect

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 05:04

Bogota: A leftist guerrilla linked to high profile kidnappings and an attempt to assassinate a former Colombian interior minister has been killed, police said on Monday.
News of Diego Tabares` death came as the FARC was initiating a unilateral ceasefire, its second since the start of peace talks in Havana in November 2012.

Tabares, head of a logistics and financing cell for the FARC, was killed over the weekend in a police action in the southwestern Colombian department of Cauca, the National Police said. Two other people were arrested.

Police said Tabares was wanted for a May 2012 car bombing in Bogota targeting former Interior Minister Fernando Londono. Londono survived the attack but his driver was killed.

Tabares was also suspected of carrying out the kidnapping of an Ecuadoran race car driver, Alfonso Darquea, and the son of a former mayor of Quito, Rodrigo Paz, in 2002.

AFP

First Published: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 05:04

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