Government developing war plan against rebels

Following a series of rebel attacks against the security forces, Defence Minister Rodrigo Rivera announced the government’s new strategy to combat leftist guerrillas.

Interior and Justice Minister German Vargas Lleras had already announced that the government would relaunch its security policy, following reports of soaring violence in Colombia’s largest cities, and a particularly deadly FARC attack that left fourteen policemen dead.

Since then rebel groups the FARC and ELN have carried out more high-profile attacks, leaving dozens of officials dead or injured.

“We are working so that the armed forces and police can intensify their activity, so that citizens will help us by reporting more [crimes], helping the authorities, and that the international community supports us in this fight,” the minister said. The government hopes to have a war plan ready by the end of this month to combat the increasing number of guerrilla attacks, said Rivera.

Adriaan Alsema

9 September 2010

Colombia Reports

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