Two civilians child and two soldiers were killed and 13 civilians and eight policemen were injured in several alleged FARC attacks across Colombia on Saturday and Sunday.
An 11-year old girl was killed and 13 other civilians were injured Saturday morning when alleged guerrillas of the FARC’s 6th front launched a grenade at a school near the town of Caloto in the southwestern Cauca department. According to several media, the violence forced 500 people to flee the area.
One civilian was killed when alleged guerrillas of the FARC’s Teofilo Forero Front attacked a convoy of oil company Emerald Energy in the southern Caqueta department Saturday. The attack took place almost exactly where the FARC kidnapped four Chinese oil workers in June.
Following the attack, two soldiers of the Army’s 12th brigade were killed in combat with the same FARC front some 20 miles southwest from where the convoy was attacked.
An alleged FARC attack on a police station in the village of Las Mercedes in the northern Norte de Santander department injured eight policemen Sunday morning.
Attacks by the FARC on civilian areas, security forces, oil companies and infrastructure have seen an increase since 2008. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos last month replaced the entire military command to curb the rise in violence.