1,120 Persons Killed in One Year of Guerrilla Warfare
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) _ The war between leftist guerrillas and government security forces took the lives of 1,120 persons in the year ending last month, said the Defense Ministry.
Col. Eduardo Arevalo, head of the Defense Ministry’s public affairs office, told the Associated Press on Tuesday that the dead included 605 guerrillas, 243 soldiers and policemen and 272 civilians.
The minister of defense, Gen. Miguel Vega, told the Colombian congress Monday night that the rebels clearly have not abided by a cease-fire reached last year between the insurgents and government security forces.
Four of Colombia’s five leftist guerrilla groups signed the truce last year, but the army has insisted that the same four groups have continued fighting.
Leftist guerrilla attacks on small towns and on police stations and army barracks have become a weekly occurrence.