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FARC blamed for bomb that kills one, wounds 25

A motorcycle bomb attack blamed on Colombia's FARC rebels killed one person and wounded at least 25 after a local truce by the guerrillas ended, an official said Thursday. The attack took place near a local government headquarters in the western municipality of Pradera, Mayor Adolfo Leon told the RCN radio station, noting that "of the 25 wounded, six are critical." He said the FARC was responsible. The motorcycle had been loaded with explosives and placed in front of the building. The payload was then detonated, according to Leon.

FARC marks end to 30-day ceasefire

Colombia's FARC rebel group said Wednesday it had fulfilled its 30-day unilateral ceasefire, squashing speculation it would prolong the suspension of hostilities until after upcoming elections. The one-month truce for the end-of-year holiday season lasted from December 15 to midnight Tuesday. "The final moment of the unilateral ceasefire has arrived" said Pablo Catabumbo, one of the guerrilla delegates in peace talks with the Colombian government in Havana.

FARC peace talks resume amid criticism of Colombian president

Peace talks between the FARC and Colombia's government resumed Monday after a three-week break amid rebel criticism of recent remarks by the Latin American country's leader. President Juan Manuel Santos claimed in a November 26 speech that the FARC "had realized they were on a road to nowhere" and that pressure from the Colombian army had forced them to the negotiating table. "These statements do not help in the pursuit of confidence between the two parties that are trying to carry out a peace process," Ivan Marquez, the FARC's delegation chief, told reporters.

At least 10 FARC rebels killed in Colombia, army says

At least 10 guerillas from Colombia's leftist FARC rebel group were killed in a clash with the military, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon told reporters Thursday. "It was a very significant blow" to the rebel group, Pinzon said, adding that one of the victims was Pedron Lain Parra, a regional commander who was a key confidant of Jorge Briceno, the FARC's military chief who was killed in 2010.

At least 10 FARC rebels killed in Colombia, army says

At least 10 guerillas from Colombia's leftist FARC rebel group were killed in a clash with the military, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon told reporters Thursday. "It was a very significant blow" to the rebel group, Pinzon said, adding that one of the victims was Pedron Lain Parra, a regional commander who was a key confidant of Jorge Briceno, the FARC's military chief who was killed in 2010.

CIA helped Colombia hunt and kill FARC leaders

A secret CIA program helped Colombia kill at least two dozen leftist FARC guerrilla leaders, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Washington's covert help in targeting Latin America's oldest insurgency, funded through a multibillion-dollar black budget, also includes "substantial eavesdropping help" from the National Security Agency, the newspaper said. The secret CIA program -- separate from the $9 billion US aid package dubbed Plan Colombia, which launched in 2000 -- was initially authorized by president George W. Bush around the same time.

CIA helped Colombia hunt and kill FARC leaders

Colombia's battle against leftist FARC guerrillas has been secretly aided by a US intelligence program that helped government forces hunt down and assassinate rebel leaders, the Washington Post reported Sunday. The secret CIA program -- separate from the $9 billion US aid package dubbed Plan Colombia, which launched in 2000 -- was initially authorized by president George W. Bush around the same time.

FARC set for unilateral ceasefire try

Colombia's FARC rebels begin a 30-day unilateral ceasefire Sunday as peace talks continue with the government to try to end Latin America's longest insurgency. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) asked its units to "cease fire and hostilities for 30 days" from December 15 in a message last week from Havana where the talks are being held. President Juan Manuel Santos' government rejects the idea of any ceasefire until a peace deal has been signed.

Two Colombian rebels killed in clashes with army

Two FARC rebel fighters were killed and two others injured during clashes with Colombian soldiers, the army said Thursday. The skirmish took place in a densely forested region of Colombia's western Choco region, just days after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia announced a unilateral ceasefire due to get underway later this month. The army said it confiscated various rebel weapons, including rifles and grenade launchers.

Colombian rebels warn of attacks before ceasefire

Colombia's FARC rebels warned Wednesday of new attacks before their unilateral ceasefire gets under way later this month, saying ongoing tensions could trigger fresh violence. Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) spokesman Pablo Catatumbo told Blu Radio that attacks may take place prior to the start of a 30-day truce due to be begin on December 15 because of "daily confrontation." "As long as there is a daily confrontation, either today or tomorrow or the next day, until December 15, there may be attacks," Catatumbo told the broadcaster in an interview.
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