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Colombia's Santos would think twice about killing FARC leader

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said he knows "more or less" where the Marxist FARC's leader is hiding but would think twice about attacking at this stage of peace talks with the rebel group, a change in tone from an earlier goal of capturing or killing him. Santos, who is seeking reelection in May, said he has taken the "difficult" decision to kill leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia before, but would consider the progress being made in peace negotiations before killing Rodrigo Londono.

Two police, one civilian killed in Colombia attack

Two police officers and a civilian were killed after a dawn ambush in southwestern Colombia on Tuesday blamed on leftist rebels, authorities said. Officials said fighters with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were responsible for the dawn attack in the town of Cartagena del Chaira, in Caqueta state. The victims were taking part in a police operation to arrest a suspected drug dealer when they were gunned down, officials said.

3 Colombian police killed in rebel ambush

Bogota, Apr 8 (EFE).- Three Colombian police officers were killed Tuesday by FARC guerrillas on a highway in the southern province of Caqueta, authorities said. The attack, which took place between the towns of Cartagena del Chaira and El Paujil, was carried out by the 15th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, provincial police commander Col. Jose Elias Baquero told La F.M. radio.

Two police killed in Colombia FARC attack

Two police officers were killed early Friday in a FARC attack in western Colombia, authorities said, amid ongoing peace talks between the rebel group and government. The attack occurred in the town of Jambalo while the officers were patrolling the area. "One died at the scene. The other was transferred to the municipality's health center where a half hour later he died," Colonel Ramiro Perez Manzano, police commander of Cauca department, told Colombia's Blu Radio.

Two police killed in Colombia FARC attack

Two officers were killed early Friday in a FARC attack in western Colombia, police said, amid ongoing peace talks between the rebel group and government. The attack occurred in the town of Jambalo while the officers were patrolling the area. "One died at the scene. The other was transferred to the municipality's health center where a half hour later he died," Colonel Ramiro Perez Manzano, police commander of Cauca department, told Colombia's Blu Radio.

Two police killed in Colombia FARC attack

Two officers were killed early Friday in a FARC attack in western Colombia, police said, amid ongoing peace talks between the rebel group and government. The attack occurred in the town of Jambalo while the officers were patrolling the area. "One died at the scene. The other was transferred to the municipality's health center where a half hour later he died," Colonel Ramiro Perez Manzano, police commander of Cauca department, told Colombia's Blu Radio.

Six FARC guerrillas killed, 8 captured: Colombia army

Colombia's army said it killed six FARC rebels and captured eight on Tuesday in a fierce and prolonged clash that came against the backdrop of ongoing peace talks. The incident took place in Tumaco, southern Colombia, in Narino department, the army reported. "Pegasus Task Force troops killed in combat six guerrillas," an army statement said. A military source told AFP the fighting dragged on for 24 hours. Meanwhile authorities blamed the FARC on a strike on the Pan-American highway Tuesday between Cali and Popayan.

Six FARC guerrillas killed, 8 captured: Colombia army

Colombia's army said it killed six FARC rebels and captured eight on Tuesday in a deadly clash that came against the backdrop of ongoing peace talks. The incident took place in Tumaco, southern Colombia, in Narino department, the army reported. The FARC, a leftist guerrilla group, has been at war with the state since 1964. Considered Latin America's longest-running insurgency, the fighting has left hundreds of thousands dead and displaced 4.5 million.

Colombian troops neutralize explosives-laden vehicle

Bogota, Apr 1 (EFE).- Colombian army sappers were able to detonate a vehicle loaded with explosives that had been abandoned by FARC guerrillas on a highway in the southwestern province of Cauca, where the insurgents also blew up part of a major highway. The vehicle was left on the road six days ago, but not until Tuesday before dawn were soldiers able to reach it and make a controlled detonation of the explosives because the guerrillas "also mined the surrounding area," the army's Task Force Apollo said.

FARC rebels blow up highway in Colombia

Bogota, Apr 1 (EFE).- Suspected FARC guerrillas used 100 kilos (more than 200 lbs.) of dynamite to blast a hole in a stretch of the Pan-American Highway in southwestern Colombia, authorities said Tuesday. The attack targeted a part of the road between the municipalities of Santander de Quilichao and Mondomo in Cauca province, officials said, blaming the explosion on the Jacobo Arenas Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
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