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IRA Denies Training Guerrillas in Colombia

April 25, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The Irish Republican Army has not trained rebels in Colombia, the group insisted as a U.S. congressional report accused it of spreading terror in the South American nation.

"The IRA has not interfered in the internal affairs of Colombia and will not," the IRA said in a statement issued in Dublin, the Irish capital.

The U.S. report, released in Washington, said up to 15 IRA members, among them senior weapons designers and tacticians, have visited the rebel-held part of Colombia since 1998. Since then, it said, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, has begun employing IRA-style car bombs and mortars with devastating effect against U.S. interests.

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