The body of a key FARC commander has been found in a grave in south-central Colombia, the Colombian army claimed on Wednesday.
The commander of the guerrillas’ 66th front, “Pedro Nel,” was found in an improvised grave in the Planadas municipality in the Tolima state.
According to the military, the deceased guerrilla commander was severely injured in combat with a military unit in the nearby Neiva department on March 12 when his unit was collecting extortion payments.
However, Pedro Nel was able to escape and fled to Tolima where he died hours after the clash with the military, according to the National Army’s 9th Division.
Army commander General Jaime Asprilla told press that the death of “Pedro Nel” “seriously affects the Central Joint Command [block] of the FARC” that is active in the Tolima and Huila states.
The ringleader’s death is the second important combat kill reported by the army this month.
Better dead than in congress.