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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 guerrillas, one sergeant killed in Paraguay clash

Two members of a guerrilla group and an armed forces sergeant have been killed in a confrontation in central Paraguay, the interior ministry said Thursday. The clash late Wednesday occurred in a cotton silo that was taken over by 15 members of the Paraguayan People's Army (EPP) who had kidnapped the Brazilian owner's 16-year-old son. The skirmish occurred in the department of Concepcion, which along with neighboring San Pedro forms the turf of the Marxist-leaning EPP that has alleged ties to Colombia's FARC rebels and area marijuana dealers.

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, eight captured: Colombia official an/pst/mdl

Colombia's army clashed with Marxist FARC rebels on Tuesday, killing six of the guerrillas in peace talks with the government. The clash took place in Tumaco, southern Colombia, in Narino department, and six rebels were killed, while eight were detained, the army reported. an/mdl

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.

Colombia wants truth commission after FARC peace deal

A truth commission to probe abuses in Colombia's half-century-old conflict should be held after, not before, peace is reached with leftist rebels, Bogota's top negotiator said Sunday. Humberto de la Calle's remark was the first government reaction to a proposal raised eight months ago by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in talks between the two sides to resolve their differences. "There can be no end to the conflict without truth," said de la Calle, a former Colombian vice president.

Colombian president vows to pursue FARC despite talks

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Saturday said government troops killed a finance officer with the FARC and vowed to press ahead with offensives against the guerrilla group despite peace talks. John Hernandez, alias "Fabian," who was head of finance for Front 17 of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was killed by government soldiers in a hamlet in the south of the country, Santos said.

Colombia captures drug money launderer

Colombia has captured an alleged drug money launderer linked to one of the country's top former kingpins, the army said Saturday. Jose Lenoir Aguilar, accused by US officials of being a front-man for detained drug lord Daniel "El Loco" Barrera, was arrested northwest of the capital Bogota. He is alleged to be responsible for an array of crimes, including aggravated money laundering.

Colombia rebels condemn ouster of Bogota mayor

The FARC guerrilla group Thursday condemned Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' ouster of Bogota's elected mayor, warning it undermined confidence in peace talks underway in Havana. Santos dismissed Gustavo Petro, a leftist former guerrilla, from the high profile position on Wednesday over the objections of international rights monitors. Voicing his outrage, Petro called for a general strike. "The Colombian people should go on general strike, and peacefully so," to reject the move, Petro told a rally of about 1,500 supporters.

Oil workers kidnapped in Colombia

Suspected FARC guerrillas kidnapped five oil workers Wednesday in central Colombia, police said. The missing workers were employed by a company called Petrominerales, the police chief in the department of Meta said, adding that witnesses said the kidnappers had identified themselves as members of a FARC unit that operates in the area. Colombian troops, air power and police were deployed in the area where the kidnapping occurred. The kidnappers may try to use their hostages as they flee the area in two stolen vehicles, Meta police chief Carlos Melendez said.
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