The Colombian army accused leftist guerrilla group, the FARC, of “using children” in dangerous combat situations, according to Colombia’s W Radio.
The evidence came in the form of a video, supposedly showing a 14-year-old FARC guerrilla in camouflage, with explosives, getting treatment from the Colombian military for a wounded leg. The army said the guerilla group used the girl to carry the explosives because she would be less easily detected.
The video also purportedly showed the body of 17-year-old boy who was killed while trying to activate explosives directed at an army unit.
The footage was allegedly recorded in the eastern department of Norte de Santander.
Colonel Eliecer Camacho, police commander in Norte de Santander, said to Radio Caracol that the FARC normally trained minors for eight months in rural areas where they received an “almost inhumane training.”