The bodyguard who killed a top member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia turned in a severed hand as proof of the death, the Colombian Defense Minister confirmed Friday.
It was the second major blow in a week for the FARC, which on Saturday lost No. 2 leader Raúl Reyes when the Colombian military bombed a rebel camp in Ecuador, which triggered a multi-national diplomatic crisis.
Colombia's defense ministry said a rebel code-named ''Rojas'' turned himself in Thursday with the right hand, passport, ID card and computer belonging to Manuel Jesús Muñoz, better known as Iván Ríos or ''Commander Iván.'' He had been a member of the FARC's secretariat and head of the rebel group's northwest bloc since 2003. Ríos' death brings the nine-member secretariat down to seven.
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