August 17, 1990 |
One of the toughest challenges faced by Colombia's new president, Cesar Gaviria, is how to stop attacks by an armed group whose terrorist tactics have cost the country millions of dollars. The enemy in this case is not the Medellin cocaine cartel but a small band of leftist guerrillas, the National Liberation Army, or ELN. The Marxist-Leninist group has caused serious damage to both the economy and environment through an unrelenting sabotage campaign against petroleum facilities.
February 25, 1990 |
Leftist guerrillas released two Americans 10 days after they were kidnaped to protest President Bush's visit to Colombia for an anti-drug summit. James Donnelly of Detroit and David Kent of Indianapolis were released to a Colombian human rights group. They carried a message that "the country's rich people will be punished if any more guerrillas disappear or if there are any more massacres of peasants." National Liberation Army guerrillas claimed responsibility for kidnaping the two on Feb.
February 20, 1990 |
An American priest kidnaped last week by leftist Colombian guerrillas to protest President Bush's visit to Cartagena for a Latin drug summit was freed. Father Francisco Amico Ferrari, 43, who was released near Cali, said he was treated well by his captors. The National Liberation Army, the group that kidnaped the priest, also seized two other Americans, and they remain in captivity. In Cartagena, guerrillas dynamited a power station and attacked three police posts, wounding five officers.
February 16, 1990 |
As President Bush attended a drug summit in Cartagena on Thursday, guerrillas kidnaped an American priest in Cali, the third American seized by rebels this week. Shortly afterward, the self-styled National Liberation Army (ELN), a Cuban-line guerrilla band blamed for all three abductions, issued a statement declaring that "every U.S. interest in Colombia" has been declared a target. The State Department identified the kidnaped priest as Father Francis A.
December 8, 1989 |
The Colombian government sought to rally national and international support Thursday for its battle against drug lords accused of planning a terrorist bomb attack that killed as many as 61 people. "With faith, bravery and firmness let us stand up to defend the fatherland," President Virgilio Barco Vargas said in a message from Japan, where he was finishing an official visit. "We are not going to let ourselves fall under the bloody tyranny of the narco-terrorists."
October 4, 1989
The Roman Catholic bishop of the Colombian border town of Arauca has been found murdered, police reported. Bishop Jesus Emilio Jaramillo was shot several times in the head by leftist guerrillas of the National Liberation Army, Gen. Rafael Padilla, the commander of the army's 2nd Division, said. Padilla blamed a rebel faction headed by a former Spanish priest known only as Ayala for the killing. He did not say what the guerrillas' motive could have been.