A French journalist has become the latest victim of Colombia’s internal conflict. The French Foreign Ministry announced that journalist Romeo Langlois was kidnapped by leftist rebels last Saturday following an armed raid on Colombian troops who were attempting to dismantle cocaine laboratories. Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón told reporters that Langlois had been wounded in the arm during the attack, which left a police officer and three soldiers dead. Langlois had been traveling with the army to film a documentary about illegal mining and Colombia’s notorious drug trade. This attack indicates that the FARC, though severely weakened after decades of armed conflict, are still very much a powerful force to be reckoned with. Analysts suspect that this latest action, coming after a declaration to end kidnappings in February, is a message to President Juan Manuel Santos, who has refused to negotiate with guerrilla leaders.
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