Colombia nabs right-wing vigilante suspect
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) -- Colombia has captured a leader of the outlawed
far-right paramilitary forces, known by his nickname "Head-Chopper," who is
accused of killing some 100 people in the nation's war-torn countryside, police
They said Dumar de Jesus Guerrero, reputed to decapitate his victims, was
captured Sunday by Colombian secret police in a northern suburb of Bogota.
Col. Gustavo Jaramillo, head of the DAS, told reporters that Guerrero was
fourth-ranking leader of the 8,000-member United Self Defense Forces of
Colombia (AUC), which the United States branded a "terrorist organization" last
Paramilitary groups were accused of killing 10 civilians in combat over
weekend in poor, rural areas in north and southwestern Colombia. The illegal
vigilante group targets guerrillas and suspected rebel sympathizers in Colombia's
The conflict has claimed 40,000 mainly civilian lives in the past decade.
Guerrero's capture comes amid the armed forces' biggest crackdown yet against
the AUC, whose leader, Carlos Castano, is a former army scout whose father
was allegedly kidnapped and killed by leftist guerrillas.
Last week, the military captured 61 paramilitary fighters, some of whom
accused of leading the brutal Easter massacre of 40 peasants in the poor,
northeastern region of Naya.
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