Colombian navy destroys rebel shipyard

April 18th, 2008 - 4:41 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, April 18 (IANS) The Colombian navy has destroyed a shipyard belonging to the country’s largest insurgency group in Valle Province, Spain’s EFE news agency reported. According to officials the dilapidated shipyard belonged to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Five tonnes of chemicals, used for making explosives by the rebels, were also destroyed at the site, an official said Thursday.

The site near the Yurumangui river also had housing facilities for the rebels.

The FARC, founded in 1964, is Colombia’s largest leftist insurgency group. It has an estimated 10,000 fighters led by septuagenarian founder Manuel Marulanda.

President Alvaro Uribe’s administration has made fighting the FARC a top priority and obtained billions of dollars from the US for counterinsurgency operations.

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