BOGOTA ( Associated Press) — At least six Colombian soldiers were killed Tuesday morning during an attack by dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia in the country’s southwest, President Gustavo Petro confirmed.
Troops in a rural area of Buenos Aires, located in the restive department of Cauca, were attacked with rifle shots and grenades. At least six other soldiers were injured.
After an extraordinary meeting to discuss the security situation, the President assured in an official statement that it was an infiltration attack planned by the “Jaime Martínez” column of FARC dissidents who had not signed the peace accord. went. The state continues to be more armed in 2016.
Petro said the army was not going to leave the Kaka area after the attack, as it is a strategic area commonly used for drug-trafficking routes through the jungle until it reaches the Pacific Ocean. Would have reached
Petro’s government, the first leftist in the country’s history, promotes a project called “Complete Peace” to open peace talks and deal with the many groups outside the law. However, Petro clarified after the attack that the possibilities for dialogue with dissidents are not limited to the cessation of military operations.
“Military action does not stop until there is a real will to negotiate,” the president warned.
Peace talks with the National Liberation Army are currently on the table. (ELN), the last active guerrilla in Colombia, and ties with two urban criminal gangs that are fighting each other in Buenaventura, in the west of the country.