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Colombian president blames FARC for hostage deaths

The Americas Post - Colombian soldiers held in a makeshift FARC prison camp

FARC guerrillas are “the only ones responsible” for the death of four hostages found shot this weekend after a firefight with government troops trying to free them, according to Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos.

“This is an atrocious crime which merits the condemnation of all Colombians as well as the international community”, he said during his normal weekly address.  “The only ones responsible for this vile action, for this crime against humanity, are the FARC.”

“Imagine that they’re going to blame these acts on government forces”, Santos added.  “All it takes is common sense to place the responsibility with those that kidnapped them years ago and today pulled the trigger.”

The victims were three police officers and one soldier, held by the FARC for at least 12 years.  They were found shot in the back of the head and in the back.

Santos expressed his condolences to the victims’ families and his commitment to the military campaign.

“I want to tell the FARC that the only thing this will accomplish is to inject public forces with more determination to combat them”, he insisted.

The Colombian Armed Rebel Forces, known by their Spanish acronym as the FARC, are the oldest guerrilla movement in Latin America, with 47 years in the field.  They currently number between 8,000 and 9,000 combatants and hold at least 14 police and military hostages who they propose to exchange for jailed guerrillas.