The FARC banned the kidnapping of civilians for ransom and the hostage taking of security officials for political leverage early last year.
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The local police commander, Colonel Nelson Ramirez, said the FARC’s 6th Front — an elite unit of the guerrillas — retained the two cops while they were investigating allegations of extortion in a rural area some 15 miles west of the department capital, Cali.
“It was established that there was indeed a kidnapping of two policemen who were carrying out a verification of criminal activity in the area of ??Pradera and Palmira … We know that they [the guerrillas] took them [the policemen] when they were between Pradera and Palmira,” the colonel told Colombian media.
The FARC was not asked to respond to the accusation.
The rebel group — active in Colombia since 1964 — is currently in talks with the government to seek a negotiated end to the country’s decades-long armed conflict between leftist rebels and the state.
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