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    Colombian Air Force led strike. | Photo: EFE

Santos said the assassination was a message that the government wouldn't allow people to disagree with the peace agreement and continue as rebels.

The Colombian military has killed a dissident FARC member known as Euclides Mora during an airstrike in the southeast rainforest of the country, President Juan Manuel Santos has said.

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Santos said the assassination of the head of the dissident force was a message that the government wouldn't allow people to disagree with the peace agreement and continue as rebels.

"Armed Forces killed Euclides, FARC dissident, in Guaviare," Santos said on Twitter. "Message is clear: surrender, otherwise, prison or the grave awaits."

The Ministry of Defense said Euclides Mora was part of the FARC rebels for 32 years and "was one of the main leaders of the organization" since 2005.

On December 2016, the leaders of the FARC removed him from its ranks, as well as other members such as Gentil Duarte, John Cuarenta, Giovanny Chuspas and Julian Chollo, who were part of the leadership of the organization.

"Public Force neutralized alias #EuclidesMora ringleader of Residual Crime #Front7, who was a criminal in the region of #Yari"

Several rebels opposed the disarmament process and the terms of the peace deal with the government, for which they were expelled for not following the directive of the FARC high command.

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The air force claimed that Mora led more than 25 men and participated in drug trafficking, adding that it's not clear how many groups may still be in the Colombian jungle.

FARC members are presently transitioning back into society and have created a political party called the Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Common, maintaining the same initials of their prior name.

The United Nations has confirmed that all weapons previously owned by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, were delivered and later destroyed as part of the peace agreement.

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