“The last great leader of the FARC has fallen and it’s a final blow to dissidence”, says the Colombian government
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The main leader of the dissident ex-guerrilla Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Nestor Vera, alias “Ivan Mordisco”, was killed by the army along with nine other rebels in the southwest of the country, announced Friday, July 15 the Colombian government.
“The last great leader of the FARC has fallen and it’s a final blow to dissidence”, Defense Minister Diego Molano told reporters. For several weeks, about 500 soldiers had been deployed in the department of Caqueta (southwest) to locate Nestor Vera, who recently took command of the dissident after the alleged death of another rebel leader, Gentil Duarte, said the Commander of the Armed Forces, General Luis Fernando Navarro.
On July 8, the military launched “a strategic operation with the main support of aviation”, added the general. In July 2016, four months before the signing of the historic peace accord that ended nearly 60 years of conflict, Nestor Vera became the first FARC leader to abandon the peace process with other rebels. The Colombian government offered a $700,000 reward for any information leading to his whereabouts.