Dutch FARC woman probably killed in Colombia
It is being reported that Tanja Nijmeijer, a Dutch member of Colombia’s FARC rebel movement, has been killed. Radio Netherlands Worldwide learned of her likely death from sources in Colombia. She is thought to have joined the FARC in 2002.
It is reported she was among 20 to 30 FARC rebels killed in a Colombian army operation. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos has confirmed that the FARC’s military leader in the east of the country, Jorge Briceño, known as Mono Jojoy, also died in the attack. Ms Nijmeijer had been working as Jojoy’s personal assistant for the last few months.
Colombian government forces recently launched an offensive against the FARC. Last week, at least 27 rebels were killed in an army raid on a FARC camp. Another rebel commander died in the operation. On Monday, 44 people were arrested on suspicion of supplying the rebels with weapons.
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