Colombia: FARC insurgents take seven people hostage

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In the northeast Colombia, near the border with Venezuela, alleged as apostates of FARC abducted seven people, including its citizens Venezuela, the authorities announced on Monday (8/11).

These are its inhabitants El Tara, community of the prefecture Norte de Santander. “Some have commercial activities, others are Venezuelan citizens working in the fields, they are well-known people,” explained the mayor, who Γιαΐρ Δίας, on a local radio station, without specifying when or exactly where they were abducted.

The police director Carlos Martines, headed by Police Lenin Quintero Mogiano, also known as Pedro, one of the commanders of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a former rebel organization disbanded after the signing of the 2016 peace agreement), operating in the region, added: , is considered to be responsible for the abduction “.

A video uploaded to social networking sites that is considered evidence that the abductees are still alive by the local authorities depicts the hostages in a forest while two armed men in uniform are guarding them.

The second sequence of the same video depicts “Commander Pedro” warning the immigrants from Venezuela who cross the border and settle in Colombia.

“Welcome to all those who want to work and do the right thing, but we know that there are people in the area who sell drugs, there are drug addicts, thieves, rapists, extortionists,” warns the rebel commander, who wears a uniform with the emblems of the former FARC. “Help us locate them to prosecute them or to correct them,” he added.

According to its mayor El Tara, a “humanitarian committee” was set up, consisting of representatives of local authorities and Of the Catholic Church, to negotiate the release of the hostages.

THE Norte de Santander, adjacent to Venezuela, especially the region Katatumbo, is today one of its areas Colombia facing the most acute problems.

In the area where cocaine production is booming, several competing armed organizations are operating: insurgents FARC, his guerrillas THE N (National Liberation Army), far-right paramilitaries, as well as drug gangs.

In early October, a teenager and a child from Venezuela were executed by strangers after being accused of theft in a store of the neighboring community Thimphu.

THE Colombia It currently hosts around two million citizens Venezuela who left their homeland due to the deep economic and political crisis.

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