August 25, 2001 |
The Colombian army said it has arrested a fourth man suspected of being a member of the Irish Republican Army, less than two weeks after three other alleged members of the Northern Ireland guerrilla group were detained in Bogota. The man, whose identity was unknown, was arrested in southern Huila state, a military source said. On Aug. 11, the army arrested three suspected IRA members believed to have trained Colombian rebels.
August 24, 2001 |
A car bomb killed a civilian, and at least 15 suspected members of the rebel group accused in the blast died when explosives they were transporting went off in northern Colombia, officials said. Authorities blamed the leftist National Liberation Army, or ELN, for the car bomb blast that killed a woman and wounded more than 20 people in Marinilla in Antioquia state. Separately, 15 to 20 suspected ELN members died when explosives they were carrying in a truck went off in Santander state, army Gen.
August 17, 2001 |
President Andres Pastrana has signed a sweeping new security law that human rights groups fear will open the door to torture, arbitrary detentions and increased military control in Colombia. The measure, passed under intense pressure from hard-line elements within the nation's Congress, gives the military broad powers to combat leftist insurgents. It was signed Monday, but Pastrana's office announced the action Thursday.
August 14, 2001 |
In a danger sign for peace talks on two continents, three members of the Irish Republican Army were being held here Monday after allegedly providing explosives training to Colombia's largest leftist rebel group. Military officials said the three men were captured at the airport in Bogota on Saturday after spending five weeks in the demilitarized zone in southern Colombia where the government is negotiating with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
May 26, 2001 |
Two bombs exploded minutes apart near Colombia's National University on Friday, killing four and plunging the capital into a wave of urban terrorism that has shaken the country's major cities in recent months. Terror has returned to Colombia's urban centers, virtually free from such violence since the early 1990s, when drug kingpin Pablo Escobar planted a succession of car bombs targeting government officials.
June 22, 2000 |
Excluded from talks between the Colombian government and Marxist guerrillas, a right-wing paramilitary chief admitted Wednesday that he had ordered the kidnapping of a peace envoy's brother in order to gain a voice in the negotiations. Carlos Castano, head of the feared Self-Defense Forces, confirmed in a radio interview that he was behind Monday's abduction of Guillermo Valencia Cossio, brother of government peace negotiator Fabio Valencia Cossio.