- The Washington Times - Friday, September 6, 2002

Colombian gunmen kill secret police chief

BOGOTA, Colombia Gunmen on motorcycles killed the new chief of secret police yesterday as he drove his car in a violence-ridden Colombian province.

The killing of Fernando Mancilla recalled the numerous assassinations carried out by Pablo Escobar's Medellin cocaine cartel in the 1980s and 1990s. No one immediately claimed responsibility for yesterday's attack in Medellin.

The police chief was recently appointed the head of Colombia's secret security force, known as the DAS, for the province of Antioquia. Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city, is the provincial capital.

The gunmen fired repeatedly into Mr. Mancilla's red Mazda as he drove through a residential neighborhood.


Taiwan defense envoy to visit Pentagon

Kang Ning-hsiang, deputy defense minister of the Republic of China (Taiwan), will come to the United States this week for talks with his counterparts at the Department of Defense and other meetings, Pentagon officials said late yesterday.

He will arrive here tomorrow and stay through Sept. 12, when he will fly to Hawaii, home of the U.S. Pacific Command, the officials said on the condition of anonymity, refusing to disclose the envoy's exact itinerary.

The Pentagon refused to disclose who in the department will meet with the minister, but reports have indicated that he will be received here by Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

Defense relations between the United States and Taiwan are a continuous irritant for China, which regards the island as a breakaway Chinese province.


Greek terror suspect surrenders to police

ATHENS "Poison Hand," the suspected top assassin of Greece's November 17 terrorist group, turned himself in to police yesterday after weeks on the run.

The surrender of Dimitris Koufodinas, 45, Greece's most wanted man, marked the capture of the last major suspect sought in breaking up a radical leftist group that has killed 23 persons, including British, American and Turkish diplomats, since 1975.


U.S. forces hold Canadian teen in Kabul

OTTAWA U.S. forces in Afghanistan are holding a Canadian teenager, Omar Khadr, on suspicion of having killed a U.S. soldier in a combat operation there, Canadian officials said.

In an embarrassing twist, Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien happens to have intervened at a high level several years ago on behalf of the boy's father, linked by Washington last year to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda group.

It also emerged yesterday that Omar's brother, Abdul Rahman Khadr, 19, had been detained in November by the Northern Alliance, which was fighting to end Taliban rule in Afghanistan.


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