A prominent commander of the marxist FARC rebels in Colombia has surrendered according to officials in Bogota. Nelly Avila Moreno – known as Karina – had a fearsome reputation as the head of the so-called 47th Front in the country’s northwest. The administration put a bounty on her head worth more than half a million euros, accusing her of murder, terrorism, extortion and kidnapping.
The FARC rebels have been fighting to overthrow the government for more than 40 years.
The defence minister said she was virtually dying of hunger when she handed herself in. Karina is reported to have assassinated the father of Colombia’s president, Alvaro Uribe, who had made her a key target.
The Colombian military intensified their actions against the guerrillas, but President Uribe guaranteed her safety if she gave herself up.