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Top Colombian warlord arrested in Venezuela


CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Venezuela says it has arrested on murder and drug trafficking charges the last major Colombian far-right paramilitary warlord still at large.

Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami said Monday that the warlord known as "Martin Llanos" was captured Saturday along with his brother in the eastern town of El Tigre.

He said Llanos, whose given name is Hector Buitrago, and brother Nelson Buitrago, known as "Caballo," would be delivered immediately to Colombian authorities.

Llanos unleashed a bloody war against rivals in 2003 in Colombia's eastern plains in which about 1,000 combatants were killed and hundreds displaced.

Nelson Buitrago was convicted in absentia in the 1997 massacre of 11 judicial investigators.

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