Security forces kill 4 FARC rebels in Colombia

Bogota, Apr 7 (EFE).- The security forces killed four FARC rebels and captured two others near Colombia's border with Panama, President Juan Manuel Santos said.

"This was a very strong blow. Congratulations for the blow you gave them," Santos said during an appearance Saturday in Soacha.

Police and army troops staged the joint operation against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in the Uraba region of Choco, a province in northwestern Colombia.

Three soldiers, meanwhile, were killed and five other people, including two civilians, wounded in an attack by FARC rebels on a village in the southern province of Caqueta, the army said Sunday.

Soldiers prevented the FARC's Southern Bloc from taking the village of San Antonio de Getucha on Saturday, the army's 6th Division said in a statement.

Santos's administration and the FARC are currently engaged in talks in Cuba aimed at ending Colombia's decades-long internal conflict.