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Colombian Soldier Shot by Still Armed FARC Guerrilla after Accidental Trespassing

By: Felipe Fernández - @Ffernandezp - Jun 1, 2017, 2:10 pm
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Army captain Camilo Larrotta Echeverry suffered a leg injury after entering a rural area under FARC control in southern Colombia at dawn on Wednesday. (Twitter)

EspañolSoldiers in Colombia’s army entered a rural area controlled by The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia this week — a confrontation that was ultimately attributed to “human error.”

Army Captain Camilo Larrotta Echeverry suffered a leg injury during the confrontation Wednesday, May 31, after passing into San Jose de Guaviare, a rural area under FARC control in the south of Colombia.

The Strategic Transition Command issued an official statement afterward, saying that soldiers from mobile brigade seven, belonging to the Joint Omega Task Force, were carrying out an operation near FARC-controlled territory, and accidentally passed one of the safety perimeters.

“At dawn today we had an incident resulting from a military error in which, due to disorientation in the night, members of our forces ended up in the surroundings of a camp in San José del Guaviare,” Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas told reporters.

 

“Upon arriving, armed men fired and our men quickly retreated when they recognized their mistake,” Villegas said.

Two soldiers moved to their garrison, one of whom was grazed by a bullet, but not seriously harmed.

Before the event, a senator for the political party The Democratic Center tweeted that it was an ambush organized by FARC guerrillas against the army.

Tweet: I was informed that guerrilla members in the rural area of Guaviare summoned the army to demobilize and met them with gunshots. It was an ambush!

By June 20, the guerrilla group is expected to surrender all of its weapons to the United Nations as part of a process of returning to civilian life. That date was established as an extension by Juan Manuel Santos’ administration.

Source: El Nuevo Siglo

Felipe Fernández Felipe Fernández

Felipe Fernández is a reporter from Colombia for the PanAm Post. He's a law student at the La Gran Colombia University in Armenia. Follow him on Twitter: @Ffernandezp

Mexico Drops in World Competitiveness Ranking amid Violence, Widespread Corruption

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jun 1, 2017, 12:01 pm
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EspañolMexico's position on the World Competitiveness Index has fallen once again, now holding position 43 out of 63, according to findings by The World Competitiveness Center. The country appears to have faltered in multiple key areas affecting its competitiveness compared to other countries around the world. Economic performance fell from spot 23 to 30, while government efficiency fell from 46 to 51. Infrastructure lost two spots since 2016, now residing at 55. Read More: Viewing Trump’s Travel Ban Through the Prism of Pragmatism Education and international trade took a hit, falling to positions 62 and 60, respectively. In terms of homicide, Mexico ranks 59, as it does for corruption, foreign direct investment, pollution, and cyber security. Mexico placed below Turkey, Russia, India and Slovenia. The first places were occupied by Hong Kong, Switzerland and Singapore. Since 2013, Mexico has dropped 16 positions in total, its best ranking having been 32. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   There is a ray of hope, however, as the country placed well for the employment of young people (at seventh overall), cost of living (eighth overall) and general employment (tenth overall). Read More: To Fire or Not to Fire: Why the Controversy over Comey? According to the researchers involved in the report, Mexico's main challenges involve consolidating its trade relationship with the United States and diversifying export markets. The study also highlighted growth in Gross Domestic Product and improvements in the domestic market. Source: López Dóriga Digital

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