The Colombian army announced Thursday that FARC lieutenant “Tropezon” has been shot down in combat against the guerrilla organization’s Teofilo Forero column in the Huila department, national media reported.
Two other unidentified guerrillas were killed in the operation in southwest Colombia, and two arrested. The bodies of those killed are being transferred to the headquarters of the Army’s 9th Brigade in order to be identified.
Tropezon was lieutenant of the FARC column’s second-in-command, the recently arrested alias “Genaro,” and part of the inner circle of column commander alias “El Paisa.” The lieutenant was also allegedly responsible for the murder of livestock farmer Jorge Eliecer Araujo.
Authorities have reported that Tropezon was responsible for numerous other murders, kidnappings and extortions, mainly in the southern part of the country where the Teofilo Forero column, considered the FARC’s elite body, operates.