Grenades and Land Mines - Why Ecuador Remains a Storehouse for Ex-FARC Mafia


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(Insight Crime) Military-grade weaponry, including caches of grenades and landmines, continue to be found in northern Ecuador, showing how Colombian armed groups continue to use the country as a strategic outpost.

The most recent finding involved 756 anti-personnel landmines found in Ecuador’s border province of Sucumbíos, according to an army press release on October 6.

Found in the municipality of Lago Agrio which directly abuts the Colombian border, the mines allegedly belonged to the ex-FARC mafia, a loosely connected network of groups formerly belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia - FARC), who frequently set up camp in Ecuador.

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Published: Monday, October 17, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, November 2, 2023

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