According to National Police commander General Oscar Atehortua, the two suspects were shot dead in a firefight with policemen while on their way to a farm where the FARC leader was staying.
FARC Senator Carlos Lozada confirmed the assassination attempt, but wouldn’t confirm this was plotted by “El Paisa,” who rearmed together with some 15 other former mid-level commander last year.
The alleged plot
A source warned the authorities of the plot after which Londoño’s security was ramped up, the police chief said.
The plot to kill their former military leader was allegedly approved by Marquez, the FARC’s former political chief without providing any evidence.
FARC stresses need for security guarantees
While Lozada confirmed the assassination attempt, the guerrilla-turned-lawmaker said “we don’t want to rush to point out those responsible for the thwarted attack.”
“It only benefits the anti-peace interests of the far-right that seeks to agitate the political climate and continues to threaten the implementation of peace,” the guerrilla-turned-senator said.
Lozada stressed that the assassination attempt comes amid a wave of deadly violence against social leaders and demobilized members of the FARC and demanded government action to end political violence.
“What we are demanding from the government is that it does not just say who are the ones killing, that it assumes its legal and constitutional responsibility to guarantee the life of all Colombians,” according to the lawmaker.
At least 77 FARC members were assassinated last year, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres told the Security Council in his quarterly report on the peace process in December.
According to Cable Noticias, 15 human rights defenders and community leaders were murdered in the first 11 days of this year.