A former commander of neo-paramilitary group “Los Paisas” and four other alleged members of illegal armed groups escaped Friday after armed men ambushed the van the suspects were transported in.
According to prison authorities, the van taking the suspects from the city of Monteria to the city of Medellin for a court hearing was ambushed while traveling through the municipality of Taraza, the heartland of the Paisas.
Two of the five prison guards transporting the suspected criminals were injured in the attack.
La Pantera is believed to have been the mastermind behind a massacre of 11 people in March, 2011 and presumed to have had links with the FARC’s 18th Front in order to exchange weapons for drugs.
The neo-paramilitary was initially arrested in June 2010 but released after a procedural error.