Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Colombia: One Army Soldier Dies from Meat Laced with Rat Poison, Six Hospitalized

According to The Latin American Tribune, the Colombian Army has charged the ELN (National Liberation Army) with the death of a soldier who ate poisoned meat.

Six other members of the 5th Mobile Brigade had to be hospitalized as a result of the “despicable act” in the northeastern province of Arauca, the command of the Quiron Task Force said in a statement.

The communique said the incident occurred on Saturday (August 2) when troops deployed in a rural area near the town of Tame “bought meat for their meal from a man who turned out to be a member of the ELN impersonating a farm worker.”

COMMENT: In recent weeks, both the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN) have escalated attacks on government troops that have seemingly caused President Santos to become fatigued from the provocations at a time when peace talks seem to have stalled.

The Brigade added that the soldiers were treated at a hospital in Tame, but one of them, Edwar Andres Salazar Beltran, 25, died from eating food full of rat poison.

Prosecutors in Arauca, who took over investigation of the case, sent samples of the poisoned food to a specialized laboratory where it will be analyzed by a team of experts to determine scientifically what caused the soldier’s death.