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Colombian Rebel Leader Rumored Dead

'Sure Shot' founded Marxist FARC more than 40 years ago
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 24, 2008 5:48 PM CDT
Colombian Rebel Leader Rumored Dead
Marulanda talks to rebel commanders in Los Pozos, southern Colombia.   (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

(Newser) – Columbian rebel leader Manuel Marulanda Velez is dead, according to an interview with an official in a weekly magazine, AFP reports. The elusive FARC leader, known as “Sure Shot,” helped start the Marxist rebel group in the 1960s to battle Colombia's conservative government. He was rumored to have terminal cancer earlier this year. (Read more FARC stories.)

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