Authorities said that the fighters, one male and one female, were suspected members of the FARC mobile division “Heroes de Marquetallia.” The identities of the two fighters were not released.
A Colombian general accused the FARC group of engaging in extortion activities in Huila’s capital, Neiva.
“This terrorist organization is the one that most runs extortion in Neiva and parts of Tolima,” said General Torres. “This operation was carried out thanks to the timely call from the community, allowing us to rearrange our troops and conduct operations.”
Intelligence officials claimed that the “Heroes de Marquetallia” are currently tasked with moving weapons and supplies to other FARC divisions, such as the one protecting supreme FARC leader Alfonso Cano in the nearby Tolima Department. For several weeks now, government forces have continued to pursue Cano. The military said that the raid was part of a large effort designed to disrupt the activity of FARC groups.
Two AK-47 rifles were seized in the raid as well as five grenades.