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Without his left foot a farmer was maimed after falling prey to a minefield of FARC guerrillas, when he went to work on a plot of land in a rural area of San Vicente de Caguan, Caqueta.
The tragic incident occurred just after 10:30 yesterday morning in the village of San Luis in the inspection of Guayabal, San Vicente del Caguan, where the farmer lived and worked.
William Garzon Pedraza had to have his left foot amputated after it was "shattered" when he stepped on a landmine, set up by guerrillas of the mobile column Teofilo Forero, at his place of work.
The explosion occurred when the farmer "was preparing the ground for planting beans," said his brother Esteve Garzón. He recalled that his close friend, aged 27, had told him that he was "too lazy to go to work."
Garzon Pedraza was aided by soldiers of the Operational Command Five of the Army assigned to the Ninth Brigade. "They applied medication and provided first aid," said a relative.
The farmer was taken in a town bus to the Hospital Universitario de Neiva, where doctors stabilized him, he entered the operating room where surgeons had to amputate what "was left" of his foot, said Esteve.