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Colombian army issues rural travel alert to foreigners

06-14-2011 14:12 BJT

BOGOTA, June 13 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian army Monday urged foreign residents living in the southern province of Caqueta to seek advice and plan additional security measures before traveling to rural areas.

Foreign residents should be even more alert at the moment, warned Edgar Cely, commander of the armed Forces of Colombia in Caqueta.

The warning came after the kidnapping last week of four Chinese workers by the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in rural areas of Caqueta, where the dense jungle prevents efficient aerial observations.

Cely recommended foreign residents go to the national army and the authorities for extra security advice before deciding to travel to the countryside.

He also noted that the Joint Omega Task Force, a unit of the Colombian army charged with handling cases of extortion and kidnapping, is assisting local police and army soldiers in the search and rescue operation for the four abducted Chinese.

"The National Army of Colombia, the National Police, and the Armed Forces of Colombia are all engaged in the operation to free the hostages," said Cely.

The FARC, largest armed rebel group of Colombia, is notorious for kidnapping for ransom or political demands.



Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: Xinhua

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