Colombia's Duque Seeks Arrest of Rearmed Ex-FARC Leaders


Colombian President Ivan Duque said on Thursday he would send an army unit to find the former FARC rebels who said they were taking up arms again.

"I have ordered the creation of a special unit for the persecution of these criminals with reinforced intelligence, investigation and mobility capabilities throughout Colombian territory," Duque said.

The announcement came less than 24 hours after Ivan Marquez, a former commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), said in a video that he was taking up arms again in a "new phase of armed struggle" in the country.

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**Note: Four former insurgents including a former commander of the FARC have called on their followers to take up arms, contrary to reports which name two members of the FARC.**