Alfonso Cano, head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), has been killed in a military raid. He was 63. The news was announced on Twitter by the country’s president.
Very little is known of Cano’s early life, though by the 70’s he was at the University of Bogota, which is where he is believed to have become politically active. In 2008 he became leader of Farc following the death of Manuel Marulanda Velez.
Colombian troops have been pursuing Cano for many years. Thousands of Colombian troops, allegedly with US support, have been active in the hunt for senior Farc members. There have been unconfirmed reports of Cano’s death before, but this time President Juan Manuel Santos has confirmed that Cano’s body was found after a Farc camp was bombed.