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Colombian Army killed FARC Commander Alirio Rojas, a. “El Abuelo”.

Security: Alirio Rojas Bocanegra alias El Abuelo, FARC Commander killed by Colombian Army

Bogota – Colombian Army troops killed the security chief of the main commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in a move that represents a breakthrough for the government in its war against leftist insurgent group FARC, that has operated for decades in the country, officials said on Saturday.
Alirio Rojas, known as “Abuelo ” (Grandpa),  died on Friday in a confrontation with the army, three months after the troops had killed the former chief of security of FARC commander Alfonso Cano.
Rojas died in Tolima, 240 kilometers southwest of the capital, Bogota.
The Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, who tries to pacify Colombia while maintaining an offensive against rebel enclaves, congratulated the Army for the “major blow” against the FARC.
“We are consistently hitting the central command of the FARC,” he said. “They appoint a leader, we kill the leader.”
Colombia is  still fighting armed groups and powerful new gang of criminals funded by cocaine trafficking, but improved security in the country resulted in billions of dollars in expenditures.
Santos came to power in August and kept the repressive policies of his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, against leftist rebels, paramilitary gangs and drug dealers. He obtained already a political and military victory last year, with a raid that killed a important FARC commander.
On Monday, the Colombian government rejected  a proposal for a prisoner swap with FARC, whose forces has been drastically reduced and is now estimated at less than 8000 fighters.
Next weekend Santos will sign a bill to correct abuses arising from armed conflict and return land seized from farmers. He says the legislation will turn the page on decades of bloodshed and bring peace and prosperity to the countryside.
Santos also improved the country’s relations with the president of neighboring Venezuela, leftist President Hugo Chavez, who is taking steps to prevent the Colombian rebels from hiding in Venezuelan territory. Thus year venezuelan local authorities captured and deported to Colombia several guerrillas .