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.
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.
February 26, 2000 |
The semicircle of computers and control panels facing a movie-size screen looks at first glance like the bridge of the starship Enterprise. But the screen gives it away. Instead of galaxies or exotic space travelers, it shows a complex electrical diagram--a lighted, colored-coded technical map of the electrical grid that supplies energy to about 80% of Colombians. Green lines are working; blue lines aren't.
November 12, 1999 |
Foreign investors here have known for years that they run a high risk: Their pipelines and buildings might be blown up and their executives and contractors abducted as pawns in a prolonged civil war. Still, they have been willing to accept the risk because of the high rewards from the country's abundant natural resources and potential markets. But now, as the guerrilla war intensifies and the economy stalls, investors are reconsidering how much they are willing to put on the line in Colombia.