Colombian Rebel Leader Killed
Posted on Sep 24, 2010
Jorge Briceno, aka “Mono Jojoy,” had long operated as a senior leader of the FARC rebel force in Colombia. But on Thursday news came that Briceno had been killed in a military airstrike, dealing a blow to the guerrilla movement and providing a public relations coup for newly minted President Juan Manuel Santos.
The U.S. had put a $5 million bounty on Briceno’s head, and the White House welcomed news of his demise, calling it an “important victory” for Colombia. —JCL
One of the most senior leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) has been killed, say reports.
Jorge Briceno, also known as Mono Jojoy, died in a military air strike in the Macarena region, known to be a Farc stronghold, local media said.
President Juan Manuel Santos said Jojoy’s death was “the hardest blow” in the history of the rebel movement.
AP / Ricardo Mazalan
Jorge Briceno, military commander of the FARC rebel group, at a rebel camp in La Macarena, Colombia, in 2001.