Colombia/Insurgency: army finds large cache of rebel explosives in Puerto Rico

The Colombian army announced that it had found 727 kilos of explosives hidden by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group in the south of the country.

Reportedly, the explosives were discovered in a rural area near the town of Puerto Rico in the jungle department of Caqueta, where several FARC units operate. According to the army, government troops from the 12th Brigade recovered the explosives during security operations that were carried out after intelligence reports indicated the presence of FARC elements in the area.

An unnamed military spokesman said the explosives, which were hidden in 28 barrels, belonged to theFARC’s “Teofilo Forero Front”, one of the guerrilla group’s elite units. “The guerrillas planned to use the explosives to commit terrorist acts in the region”, the spokesman added.

The FARC, established in 1964 as the military wing of the Colombian Communist Party, has suffered severe losses since Colombian President Alvaro Uribe vowed to eliminate the FARC presence in his country.