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Rebel car bomb kills one in Colombia: military

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A suspected FARC guerrilla detonated a car bomb at a military checkpoint in southwestern Colombia Tuesday, killing one person, a military commander said.

The person killed in the bombing near the village of El Pao in Cauca province, who has not been identified, may have been the bomber, he said.

"When he sees the presence of soldiers, the driver abandons the vehicle, which explodes outside of El Palo," General Jorge Jerez, a task force commander operating in the region told AFP by telephone.

He said no soldiers were injured in the explosion.

The blast was followed by clashes between government troops and FARC rebels in Caloto, the municipality where El Palo is located, he said.

Caloto, which has some 30,000 inhabitants, is in the middle of a coca growing region that often has been the scene of fighting between rebels and government troops.

The FARC is currently in peace talks with the government in Havana, but it dropped a unilateral ceasefire on January 20.

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