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Rebel urges others to surrender

A day after surrendering to the army, a one-eyed, battle-hardened female rebel commander urged other guerrillas Monday to follow her example and abandon their decades-long struggle.

Nelly Avila Moreno, 40, better known as "Karina," denied her bloody reputation during a news conference. She said she surrendered because she was encircled, had a bounty on her head and was spooked by the recent murder of a fellow rebel leader by one of his bodyguards.

In recent months, the army had been closing in on Avila, who had a $1 million bounty on her head. Just two weeks ago, President Alvaro Uribe appealed directly for her to turn herself in. She had been on the government’s most wanted list since 2002.

"To my comrades: Change this life that you are leading in the guerrilla group and re-enter society with the government’s reinsertion plan," Avila said Monday, saying she had spent 24 years with the FARC.

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