Clashes between a splinter faction of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas and another armed group have left 18 people dead in southwestern Colombia near the border with Ecuador, it said on Sunday (November 20th). the Colombian Ombudsman.
Saturday, “18 men were killed in a confrontation between the self-proclaimed “Comandos de la Frontera” and the first front “Carolina Ramirez” of the FARC dissidents”according to a bulletin published by the public human rights monitoring body, without specifying whether the victims were civilians or soldiers.
The clashes erupted in a rural area of the municipality of Puerto Guzman, about 60 kilometers from the Ecuadorian border. The Ombudsman asked “the presence of the security forces and the public prosecutor in the area”.
The Carolina Ramirez front belongs to the largest faction that withdrew from the peace pact that disarmed the FARC in 2017, according to local press.
The organization had contact with representatives of the President, Gustavo Petro, as part of a preliminary phase to peace talks and had announced that it would reduce attacks on security forces in order to reach a ceasefire. bilateral fire in Colombia.
The Comandos de la Frontera are an armed group that controls the drug trafficking routes in the jungle on the border with Ecuador.