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Rebel Leader Killed in Colombia

27 die in raid on FARC camp
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2010 1:19 AM CDT
Rebel Leader Killed in Colombia
Police inspect the bodies of suspected members of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Puerto Asis, Colombia    (AP Photo/ZoonInformativo.com)

(Newser) – Guerrilla leader Sixto Cabana was among 27 rebels killed in a raid on a camp near the Ecuadoran border, Colombian officials announced. Cabana, who had been a member of the FARC rebel group for over 25 years, was a senior commander in the organization and was wanted in the US on drug trafficking charges, the BBC reports. Colombia's defense minister described the raid as the heaviest blow to the rebel group in years.

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Cabana "controlled the production and export of hundreds of tons of cocaine to the US and the world," and was "responsible for the murder of hundreds of people who violated or interfered with the FARC's cocaine policies," said a statement from the US State Department. Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, who took office last month, has promised to continue his predecessor's hardline policy against the rebels. (Read more Colombian rebels stories.)

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