A FARC guerrilla accused of staging two attacks that left 13 police officers dead was killed in southern Colombia by the army, military spokesmen said.

Ramiro Guerrero Vargas was the second-in-command of the 3rd Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, 12th Brigade commander Gen. Fabricio Cabrera said.

Guerrero Vargas died in an operation staged by units belonging to the 12th Mechanized Cavalry Group in La Montañita, a rural town in the jungle province of Caqueta, the general said.

The guerrilla, who belonged to the FARC for 21 years, led the occupation in 2001 of the town of Belen de los Andaquies, where five police officers were killed and seven others wounded. The FARC also kidnapped a doctor in the town.

Guerrero Vargas organized and led an attack in 2010 on San Miguel, a village in Putumayo province, killing eight police officers.

The rebel commander was also accused of taking part in numerous kidnappings and attacks on electricity transmission towers in southern Colombia.

Another FARC rebel was captured in the fighting and handed over to authorities.

President Juan Manuel Santos's administration and the FARC plan to hold talks to lay out the framework for a peace dialogue.

FARC representatives said in Havana last week that the first meeting with government negotiators would take place on Oct. 8 in Oslo.

The Cuban capital will be the main venue for the negotiations after the talks start in Norway.

The FARC and the security forces have continued fighting despite the steps being taken toward a dialogue to end Colombia's 50-year-old armed conflict.

Santos said military operations targeting the FARC and other illegal armed groups would continue.

The FARC, Colombia's oldest and largest leftist guerrilla group, was founded in 1964 and operates across a large swath of this Andean nation.

The Colombian government has made fighting the FARC a top priority and has obtained billions in U.S. aid for counterinsurgency operations.

The FARC is on both the U.S. and EU lists of terrorist groups. Drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom are the FARC's main means of financing its operations. EFE