Jorge Briceno, a field marshal and second-in-command of Colombia’s main leftist rebel group, has been killed in a military raid, Colombian authorities said Thursday.
National police spokesman Wilson Vaquero said Briceno, known as Mono Jojoy, was killed Thursday morning in Colombia’s eastern plains.
His death is considered the biggest setback to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebel group, known as FARC, since July 2008, when its foreign minister was killed and Colombian soldiers rescued 15 people it had taken hostage. Former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. contractors were among the hostages.
Vaquero said Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos would announce more details, though did not specify when.
Santos is currently in New York, attending the UN General Assembly.