A member of Colombia's FARC guerrillas died of wounds suffered in a clash with police in neighboring Venezuela, Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said Wednesday.

Colombian police tracked Luis Freddy Rojas Rincon to the western Venezuelan state of Zulia and alerted authorities in Caracas to the rebel's presence, the minister said.

Rojas shot at the Venezuelan officers who surprised him at a hotel in the town of Jesus Maria Semprun and was wounded in the ensuing gunbattle, Colombia's National Police said in a statement.

The insurgent fled Colombia after authorities thwarted the FARC's Aug. 15 attempt to detonate a car bomb outside Metropolitan Police headquarters in Bogota, the statement said.

Rojas belonged to the 33rd Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and was wanted in his homeland on charges of terrorism and criminal conspiracy.

The rebel's capture followed the arrest in Venezuela of Daniel "El Loco" Barrera, described by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos as the last of his country's major drug traffickers.

"I want to thank the Venezuelan government, President (Hugo) Chavez and his team for this great collaboration," Santos said Tuesday night in a nationally broadcast address.

He said the arrest was made in the western Venezuelan city of San Cristobal in a multinational operation in which the United States and Britain also provided support. EFE