FARC-Recruited Boys Die Throwing Bombs at Colombian Police
EspañolColombian authorities reported on Thursday that two boys recruited by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) died from explosion wounds after they threw a bomb at a police building in the municipality of Tumaco on Colombia’s Pacific coast. The youths, aged 12 and 13, injured eight officers in the attack.
According to the police commander in Nariño province, Colonel Hugo Henry Marquez, the two boys, identified as Luis Sebastian Preciado and Angelo Cabezas Pierre, had enlisted in the Daniel Aldana Mobile Column, an active division of the Marxist guerrilla in the area.
Conservative candidate Marta Lucía Ramírez has criticized President Santo’s administration in the run-up to elections for not insisting with FARC that the rebels end the recruitment of children, a widespread practice in Colombia’s poor rural regions.
Source: Latin American Herald Tribune.