Three days after the announcement that Wálther Arízala, aka Guacho, was shot and wounded in a confrontation with snipers, Colombian military forces have failed to locate him in the rural area of Roberto Payán, in the north of Tumaco (southwest of department of Nariño). The wait for good news does not end; there is silence in the government of Colombia.
The search initiated by some 3,000 military and police forces of the special forces, until the closing of this edition, had been unsuccessful within a sector in which, according to the Minister of Defense of Ecuador, Oswaldo Jarrín, Guacho and his men are at a disadvantage for not knowing the terrain in which they are mobilized.
The actions of the dissidents of the demobilized FARC have always been on the Colombian-Ecuadorian border, between the south of Nariño and the north of the provinces of Esmeraldas and Carchi, where there are corridors for the traffic of fuels, weapons and ammunition and drugs.
According to Colombia’s defense minister, Guillermo Botero, the militarization of both sides of the border led him to move towards an area in which the geography and climate are similar, but little known by the Guacho group.
It was in this scenario that the snipers of a group of Special Forces acted, who had followed him for days in his displacement of flight until they arrived at a house in the rural area of Roberto Payán, who watched until he left and managed to wound him with two rifle shots in the back.
According to the newspaper El Tiempo de Bogotá, snipers have become the new deadly weapon to kill the most famous criminals.
The elite group, with special training and able to be quiet in the jungle for days and with few foods, has ended the life of the dissident leader of the seventh front of the FARC, Luis Lizcano Gualdrón, alias Euclides Mora; the paramilitary narco Martín Farfán, alias Pijarvey; the drug trafficker in Norte de Santander, Víctor Ramón Navarro Serrano, alias Megateo; and the most famous guerrilla leader of the Pacific Coast, Milton Sierra, aka Jota Jota.
Neither Colombia nor Ecuador even know if Guacho is alive or dead. Intelligence reports from the neighboring country assure that the narco-guerrilla men were looking for medicines, but they have not managed to leave the security fence that has been mounted around the area where they were hit.
Minister Jarrin said yesterday that the new operation underway in Colombia is the one that will allow to know concretely and definitively what happened to the front leader Óliver Sinisterra, the author of nine attacks on military structures and patrols and the death of four soldiers and five civilians (kidnapped and murdered, among them El Comercio’s journalistic team).
Jarrin confirmed, as published yesterday EXPRESO, that there was a strengthening of security in the Ecuadorian border line, where there are 4,300 troops of the Joint Task Force. The slogan is “to maintain the atmosphere of peace, stability and security on the northern border,” he said.
He also pointed out that there is a perfect coordination between Defense and the Ministry of the Interior, led by María Paula Romo, for the delivery of official information.
From January until now, the police have arrested 486 people on the northern border. The yards have also reached 163 vehicles and 213 bikes, retained during operations.
A total of 462 kilos of drugs, 1,366 gallons of gasoline and 1,170 chemical precursors were seized in the operations; in addition, 67 firearms and 1,997 munitions. (I)