SENAFRONT Arrests Two FARC Guerrillas In The Darien

Monday, April 07 2014 @ 10:58 PM UTC

Contributed by: Don Winner

Two alleged members of the 57th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a man and a woman, were captured by units of the State Border Service (SENAFRONT) of Panama near the border with Colombia in an indigenous village, reported an official source.

The capture of two alleged members of the FARC took place on March 28 in the Kuna Yala community of Anachucuna, near the border with Colombia on the Caribbean coast, said a statement from SENAFRONT.

The man was carrying a 9 mm pistol, ammunition, a magazine, and two cell phones.

The man and woman, who remain unidentified and who had a "relationship", said they were trying to enter into Panamanian territory in order to qualify for a demobilization program, the statement said.

The Director of the SENAFRONT Frank Abrego said they conduct constant patrols, perform humanitarian activities, and other actions prompting these Colombian "narco-terrorists" to turn themselves in.

According to Abrego "some members of the 57th Front decide to enter our territory because they know the Panamanian authorities will respect their human rights." (Estrella)

Editor's Comment: The FARC is now just a shadow of it's former self. Over the past 15 years the Colombian military has grown more and more capable, and they have maintained constant pressure on the FARC - now nothing more than a drug trafficking para military group. The 57th Front has always been responsible for the area of the Panama / Colombia border in the Darien. And in the past few years the Panamanian SENAFRONT has stepped up their patrolling and improved their capabilities. This sort of activity poses practically no threat to the members of the English speaking community of expats in Panama - unless you are stupid enough to go trekking into the jungle on your own and looking for trouble. Then, your chances of finding trouble zoom-climb to 100%.

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