Colombia: Troops nearly capture top FARC leader

AP News
Posted: Jul 03, 2011 7:05 PM
Colombia: Troops nearly capture top FARC leader

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the top leader of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia narrowly escaped an attack on his camp by the country's armed forces.

Santos says Alfonso Cano fled the camp "in the space of 12 hours, no more" before the raid, leaving behind his clothes, half his belongings and two dogs that normally accompany him.

Santos told a news conference Sunday that it is the third time they have almost captured Cano.

Colombia's president said the raid took place Thursday in a rural region between the provinces of Huila and Cauca. It came after officials received a tip from within the rebel group.

The FARC has been hit hard in recent years by Colombia's U.S.-backed military.