Colombian army kills FARC leader

2010-09-23 19:31

Bogota - Colombia's army said on Thursday it has killed a top leader with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the country's oldest and fiercest rebel insurgency.

The army said it has killed Jorge Briceno Suarez, who is also known as Victor Julio Suarez Rojas and the alias Mono Jojoy, the head of FARC's military operations.

The US State Department had been offering a reward of up to $5m for information leading to the arrest or conviction of the rebel leader.

The US described him as playing a key role in the group's drug-trafficking operations, including the production and distribution of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine around the world.