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FARC vows to fight on despite death of leader

FARC vows to fight on despite death of leader
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They are saying no surrender, despite the biggest blow yet to their military campaign.

Colombia’s FARC rebels are vowing to continue fighting after the death of their leader Alfonso Cano.

In a statement on a website that often carries rebel messages, the leftist insurgents said they rejected a plea by President Juan Manuel Santos to demobilise.

The Colombian leader hailed the killing of Cano by his military as a major victory, and even claimed they had help from within FARC itself.

Santo said: “This was an operation that began on the 15th of October,” he said. “The operation was put together with intelligence from different sources, and with cooperation from people within FARC.”

Authorities say after Cano’s mountain hideout was bombed, army commandoes arrived in helicopters, killing the rebel leader in a gun battle. FARC has not yet said who will replace him as leader.