BOGOTA – Elite commandos rescued a candidate for mayor safe and sound while slaying one of the suspected leftist rebels who kidnapped him more than a month ago in central Colombia, the military said Monday.
A second insurgent was captured in the attack carried out by troops of the army’s 13th Brigade.
The military unit identified the rescued politician as Jose Alejandro Rey Rey, who had been abducted on April 6 in the rural area around Fomeque, some 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Bogota.
Several armed men kidnapped him while he was on his way from the countryside to the town of Fomeque.
Rey is the Conservative Party candidate for mayor of Fomeque in October’s regional and local elections.
In a communique, the 13th Brigade said that the rescue operation focused on the mountainous area of San Juanito.
The attack was launched “following a rigorous process of technical and human intelligence,” according to the statement, which said the troops went into combat with the kidnappers only after “making sure they could rescue” the captive “safe and sound.”
The captured guerrilla was said to be the second-in-command of a unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the country’s largest rebel group.
Last Saturday, two town council candidates were slain in the southern province of Putumayo. EFE