Fourteen members of the Colombian paramilitary group Los Rastrojos were arrested and an operations center of this criminal organization was dismantled in the Boca de Grita sector, Táchira state, within the framework of the Bolivarian Shield 2020 military drills.
This was announced by Táchira’s political protector, Freddy Bernal, through his account on the social network Twitter.
Hemos dado 3 importantes golpes a la estructura del grupo terrorista Los Rastrojos en sector Boca de Grita: detención de 14 de sus integrantes, desmantelamiento de depósitos de combustible y destrucción de su aparato logístico. ¡Seguimos conquistando la Paz de la frontera! 1/5 pic.twitter.com/yQXVqbzhH4
— Freddy Bernal (@FreddyBernal) February 17, 2020
He indicated that clandestine fuel tanks were dismantled, 22,200 liters of fuel were rendered useless and the logistical apparatus of the criminal gang in that sector was destroyed, where its members hid out in a hotel complex.
President Nicolas Maduro has warned several times during the last week that in Colombia paramilitary and terrorist groups are being trained with the support of Colombian authorities to promote terrorist actions in Venezuela.
Bernal also reported that an improvised infirmary was dismantled which was used to provide first aid to Colombian paramilitaries.
“With accurate information from the intelligence services we destroyed the logistic flow of a terrorist cell of Los Rastrojos on this border axis. We will not rest until evicting paramilitary cells operating on that border that serve as the armed arm of right-wing political actors who sow violence in the territory!” he stressed.
Translated and edited by JRE/EF