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Colombia rebels apologize for shooting at presidential hopeful's motorcade

Bogota, Feb 27 (EFE).- The smaller of Colombia's two main guerrilla groups apologized on Thursday for an attack last weekend on the motorcade of Aida Avella, presidential candidate of the leftist Union Patriotica. No one was hurt in the shooting. "We deeply regret this incident and we apologize for it to candidate Aida Avella, at the same time that we will take the necessary measures so that such deeds do not occur again," the National Liberation Army, or ELN, said in a communique.

Attackers fire at convoy of Colombia presidential candidate

By Luis Jaime Acosta BOGOTA (Reuters) - Gunmen shot at the convoy of a left-wing Colombian presidential candidate on Sunday but no one was injured, police said, raising tensions ahead of May elections that will center on how to end a five-decade war with guerrillas. The convoy of Aida Avella of the Patriotic Union party came under fire when it was traveling on a highway in the oil-rich northeastern province of Arauca, where the left-wing FARC and ELN rebels have a heavy presence.

5 Police die in attack in northwestern Colombia

Bogota, Feb 17 (EFE).- Five police officers were killed and three wounded on Monday when FARC guerrillas attacked a unit escorting a team eradicating drug crops in the northwestern province of Antioquia, Colombian officials said. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon attributed the attack to the 36th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

FARC rebels kill five police in Colombia ambush

Colombia's leftist FARC rebels killed five police officers and injured three others Monday in an ambush in the north of the country, authorities said. The rebels targeted an anti-narcotics patrol working on coca eradication in Antioquia province, Colonel Fernando Restrepo told AFP. "This was an intense attack against the units," Restrepo said. The wounded were taken to area hospitals for treatment. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon called the attack an "inexplicable act of barbarity."

Guatemala extradites reputed Colombian rebel to U.S.

Guatemala City, Feb 17 (EFE).- Guatemala on Monday extradited to the United States a reputed Colombian rebel commander accused of drug trafficking, authorities said. An Interior Ministry spokeswoman told Efe that Sonia Cruz Quinceño was arrested Sunday in the Guatemalan capital. "Yesterday this person was handed over to DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agents, who took custody of her, (and) this morning ... she was transferred on a United States government flight," the spokeswoman said.

Colombia president orders inquiry into army kickback allegations

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday ordered a judicial investigation into allegations senior army officers received huge kickbacks on military procurement contracts. Weekly news magazine Semana which made the revelations says it has hundreds of hours of audio recordings proving the existence of an "astonishing corruption network" in which officers received up to 50 percent of the value of contracts.

Colombia president orders inquiry into army kickback allegations

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos on Sunday ordered a judicial investigation into allegations senior army officers received huge kickbacks on military procurement contracts. Weekly news magazine Semana which made the revelations says it has hundreds of hours of audio recordings proving the existence of an "astonishing corruption network" in which officers received up to 50 percent of the value of contracts.

Colombian intelligence intercepted FARC media-emails

Colombian intelligence intercepted thousands of emails between the FARC rebel group and journalists covering peace talks in Havana, the Spanish-language television network Univision reported Friday. The Miami-based network, which cited no sources, said it had obtained access to hacked email accounts belonging to two spokesmen for the leftist guerrilla movement.

Colombian intelligence intercepted FARC media-emails

Colombian intelligence intercepted thousands of emails between the FARC rebel group and journalists covering peace talks in Havana, the Spanish-language television network Univision reported. The Miami-based network, which cited no sources, said it had obtained access to hacked email accounts belonging to two spokesmen for the leftist guerrilla movement.

Colombian intelligence intercepted FARC media-emails

Colombian intelligence intercepted thousands of emails between the FARC rebel group and journalists covering peace talks in Havana, the Spanish-language television network Univision reported. The Miami-based network, which cited no sources, said it had obtained access to hacked email accounts belonging to two spokesmen for the leftist guerrilla movement.
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