The public force Colombia killed alias ‘Roque’, leader of a dissident front of the FARC that operates in Catatumbo, in the northeast of the country, as announced by the Government this Sunday.

“Alias ​​’Roque’ fell, leader of the GAOR (Residual Organized Armed Group) E-33 of the dissidents of the FARC in SharkNorte de Santander”, pointed out the president of Colombia, Ivan Dukein a message on his Twitter account.

According to the president, “This criminal intended to frighten the civilian population and was neutralized thanks to the joint and coordinated work of our public force.”

The Army and the Police carried out the operation on Saturday night in the urban area of Shark where it operated Roque” as leaders of the urban militias, according to Major General Omar Esteban Sepúlveda.

According to local media, alias “Roque” was the one who directed the urban patrols of the 33rd Front in this townand the capture occurs after videos circulated last Thursday of dissidents dressed in camouflage clothing and dissident armbands posing in front of the Municipal Hall of Shark implying their control over the territory.

In other municipalities of Catatumbo Other videos have also circulated of dissident groups or the National Liberation Army (ELN) walking through the streets or entering bars and pool halls, greeting and intimidating the population.

Tibú is part of Catatumbo, a region that covers 10,089 square kilometers, mostly jungle, in Norte de Santander.

In that area there is a presence of the ELN guerrillas and dissidents of the FARC as well as a redoubt of the Popular Liberation Army (EPL) and other gangs that clash over corridors for drug trafficking and coca crops.

Other municipalities that make up Catatumbo are Ábrego, El Tarra, Sardinata, El Carmen, Convención, Teorama, San Calixto, Hacarí and La Playa.

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