Contributed by: Don WinnerTwo members of the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) were injured yesterday during an armed battle with suspected members of a Colombian narco-terrorist group in the Viejo Mijagual Indian village, on the banks of Chucunaque river in the Darien, near the border with Colombia.
Unofficially it was learned that one of the Colombian guerrillas died in the confrontation that occurred on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the two Panamanian SENAFRONT members who were shot during the confrontation were flown in an SENAN Aviocar aircraft to the old Howard Air Force Base, and from there by ambulance to a hospital in Panama City.
The Panamanian authorities have not released either the health condition nor the names of the two wounded officials.
Another detail obtained by this news team is that the incident came as the result of a complaint filed by a citizen in the area.
The SENAFRONT deployed a Special Forces team in response to the complaint.
It was learned that between three to five people were arrested during the operation, and the prosecutor in the Darien was conducting the removal of the body. (Panama America)
Editor's Comment: The Panamanian government is taking more and more control back in the Darien region. These "narco guerrillas" are basically little more than armed and organized bands of drug traffickers, who move large quantities of cocaine using human "mules" to haul the loads. They require assault rifles such as AK-47's or M-16's to defend both the cocaine and their turf from rival bands. Every now and again these guys will come wandering down out of the mountains and go into one of the remote Indian villages in the Darien, looking for supplies and food. And the villagers have learned that when they see a band of insurgents, the best thing to do is to report them to the SENAFRONT, which responds in force. This is a big change from five years ago. During the administration of Martin Torrijos they basically allowed the narco guerrillas to run wild, and they preferred to avoid confrontation, afraid that confronting them would bring Colombia's problems into Panama.