Colombia’s President Ivan Duque declares the dying of Luis Antonio Quintero, chief of the crime gang “Los Pelusos”, throughout statements to journalists in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2019. Courtesy of Colombian Presidency/Handout through REUTERS
BOGOTA (Reuters) – The highest chief and founding father of Colombia’s Los Pelusos crime gang has been killed in an operation led by the nationwide police, President Ivan Duque mentioned on Friday.
The gang is without doubt one of the most well-known felony organizations within the Andean nation and concerned in combating that has endangered lots of of hundreds of individuals in areas alongside the japanese border with Venezuela.
Luis Antonio Quintero, recognized by his alias Pacora, was a former leftist insurgent who commanded some 440 gang members, the federal government mentioned.
The 49-year-old was needed on terrorism and homicide fees and positioned in Norte de Santander province on Thursday.
“It’s clear we’re going to utterly break up this group,” Duque mentioned in a press release from the USA, the place he traveled for the United Nations Basic Meeting this week.
Quintero was chargeable for the killings of human rights activists and group leaders, the assertion added.
Duque has confronted criticism from some within the worldwide group for not doing extra to cease killings of activists from being dedicated with impunity throughout the nation.
One other chief of Los Pelusos was captured within the operation, the assertion added. It didn’t present particulars concerning the circumstances of Quintero’s dying.
Reporting by Julia Symmes Cobb; Modifying by Tom Brown