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Top Colombian drug lord wanted by US killed in combat

Published 02/10/2015 | 16:26

The Colombian president congratulated his armed forces for killing cocaine warlord Victor Navarro.
The Colombian president congratulated his armed forces for killing cocaine warlord Victor Navarro.

One of Colombia's most-hunted drug traffickers has been killed in combat.

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President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated his armed forces for killing cocaine warlord Victor Navarro, for whom the US had been offering a five million US dollars (£3.3m) bounty.

The 39-year-old, better known by his alias Megateo, died during a military raid in the historically lawless Catatumbo region near Venezuela.

Megateo had claimed to lead a holdout faction of a leftist rebel band that disbanded in 1991, but he was believed to have been one of the country's biggest cocaine traffickers.

His fondness for garish, weapons-themed jewellery and the branding of under-age lovers with a tattoo of his face had drawn comparisons to an earlier generation of drug traffickers in Colombia.

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