Colombian troops arrested 12 FARC rebels in raid operations

Colombian government announced on Tuesday that its security forces captured 12 guerrillas of theRevolutionary Armed forces of Colombia (FARC) in several operations in Norte de Santander province, near the Venezuelan border.

According to a governmental press-release, Colombian troops carried out a special raid operation and arrested the FARC guerrillas in the towns of TeoramaEl Tarra and Convencion in Norte de Santander province. The press-release stated that the arrested men were suspected members of the Resistencia Bari column of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The FARC was established in 1964 as a military wing of the Colombian Communist Party. It is composed by approximately 9,000 combatants and several supporters, mostly in rural areas. Over the past six years, the terrorist group has suffered a heavy setback following several military raids led by the Colombian armed forces, supported by the technologies and logistics of the United States.