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Colombian Troops Capture Guerrilla Leader

Colombian troops have captured a top leftist rebel commander suspected of masterminding the 1999 kidnapping of an entire congregation from a Roman Catholic church, the army said Sunday. Ramiro Velez, a regional leader of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, the smaller of Colombia’s two rebel groups, was arrested Saturday during an operation in Chachaui, 300 miles southwest of Bogota, said Gen. Reinaldo Castellanos. “He directed all the terrorist activity in the southwest of the country. He is a very important commander, a member of the ELN’s national directorate,” Castellanos told reporters.Full Story

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