Colombia: No. 2 rebel commander killed

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 23, 2010 15:47




BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian authorities say the field marshal and No. 2 commander of the country's main leftist rebel group has been killed in a military raid.

National police spokesman Wilson Vaquero tells The Associated Press that Jorge Briceno was killed Thursday in Colombia's eastern plains.

The death of the rebel leader known as Mono Jojoy, would the biggest setback to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia since mid-2008, when its foreign minister was killed and soldiers rescued 15 hostages including Ingrid Betancourt and three US contractors.

Vaquero did not immediately offer details and officials say President Juan Manuel Santos will announce them. He is attending the UN General Assembly in New York.


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