Missing Governor Found Dead in Colombia
By SOF Editor on Wed, 12/23/2009 - 10:26am
Officials in Colombia say a provincial governor who was kidnapped by suspected leftist rebels has been found dead in southern Caqueta province.
Authorities say the body, which was surrounded by explosives, was discovered Tuesday near the Caqueta's capital, Florencia, one day after Governor Luis Francisco Cuellar was abducted from his home. The kidnappers had used explosives when raiding the governor's home, killing one police officer.
Investigators believe a unit of the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, was responsible.
President Alvaro Uribe had ordered the military to search for the missing governor, and offered a reward of about $500,000 for information leading to Cuellar's liberation. President Uribe told reporters that Colombia cannot continue to submit to the whims of terrorists.
The Caqueta province in southern Colombia is a remote region where the rebels maintain a strong presence.
The FARC has been waging an insurgency against the government for four-and-a-half decades, but its ranks have been decimated in recent years by an ongoing offensive by the Colombian military.
The FARC is holding hundreds of people in secret jungle camps for ransom or political leverage, including about 24 police officers and soldiers.