BOGOTA, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian military has intensified the fight against Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, killing three and arresting six in the southwest, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said Sunday.
The government forces launched the operation in rural Buenaventura in the southwestern province of Valle del Cauca, where the rebels staged a series of attacks on public infrastructure, destroying a power tower on Saturday.
Pinzon said in Cali, the capital city of Valle del Cauca province, that the guerrillas were members of "Manuel Cepeda Vargas," a military front of the FARC.
President Juan Manuel Santos sent Pinzon and army troops to Cali to guarantee security in the region.
Pinzon said the government will strengthen security and reinforce several strategic points in the southwestern provinces of Cauca, Narino and Valle del Cauca, which were affected by the power outage.
"The citizens of all the country should know that the public forces guarantee their security. We have been facing a terrorist and criminal attacks from the FARC, which have affected the Colombian people," Pinzon said.
"These terrorist should know that soldiers and policemen will relentlessly chase them, and that one on one they will fall," he added.
In another operation led by Colombia's police and navy, 150 grenades and a rifle were seized while being transported to the FARC's 6th front.
In the past four days, the FARC launched three car-bomb blasts and seven attacks on public infrastructure in Valle del Cauca.