Saturday, September 25, 2010

FARC Rebel Commander "Mono Jojoy" Killled by Colombian Army

Via Colombia Reports -

Top FARC commander "Mono Jojoy" was killed by Colombian state forces. President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed the death of the rebel leader from New York City, where he is attending the U.N. General Assembly.

The head of the FARC's Eastern Bloc and member of its Secretariat was killed in a massive air strike in a region called La Macarena in the central Colombian Meta department, 120 miles south of Bogota.

Some 20 other guerrillas were killed and five members of the security forces were injured in the attack, the government's Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera said.

Mono Jojoy, also known as "Jorge Briceño Suárez," but born under the name Victor Julio Suarez Rojas, was thought to be group's second-in-command, and military leader of virtually all guerrillas in the rebels' war with the state.

Mono Jojoy was considered a hardliner within the command structure of the country's largest guerrilla group. He was responsible for holding hostages including politicians, policemen, and soldiers. The veteran guerrilla had a $1.3 million reward on his head, and 62 arrest warrants against him. The United States had requested his extradition to face drug trafficking charges.


Víctor Julio Suárez Rojas (aka Jorge Briceño Suárez aka Mono Jojoy)


According to (my own re-write below)...

Colombian intelligence intercepted a communication from FARC rebels ordering a special shoe for Mono Jojoy, who was suffering from sores on his feet due to diabetes. Security forces gained access to the item before it was delivered and a GPS tracking system was installed.

The system transmitted a signal for several days and was used to pinpoint Mono Jojoy to a specific camp, which bombed early Wednesday.

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