Colombia boosts security against possible rebel retaliation 2008-03-03 09:32:42   Print

    BOGOTA, March 2 (Xinhua) -- Colombia stepped up its security Sunday against possible retaliation from the country's largest rebel group after the killing of the group's No. 2 leader Raul Reyes.

    Colombia's Interior Minister Carlos Holguin said he doubted the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had the capacity to revenge the death of Reyes, whose real name is Luis Edgar Navia Silva.

    Reyes, a possible successor to the group's head Manuel Marulanda, was killed in an attack on a jungle camp across the Colombia-Ecuador border Saturday.

    Ecuador has recalled its ambassador to Colombia, Fransisco Suescum, to protest the attack, which it says took place three km inside Ecuadorian territory.

    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has also criticized the Colombian forces for entering the Ecuadorian territory.

    In a public move backing Ecuador, Venezuela has placed its armed forces on high alert, closed its embassy in Colombia and mobilized troops to the Colombian border.

Editor: Jiang Yuxia
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