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Colombian rebels free captured soldier

Bogota, Apr 17 (EFE).- Leftist FARC guerrillas released a soldier they captured earlier this week in the southwestern province of Cauca, the Colombian national ombudsman's office said Thursday. The rebels handed over Pvt. Miguel Angel Gonzalez to the elders of the Nasa Indian community of Mosoco and asked them to contact authorities, the office said in a statement. The indigenous leaders reached out to the ombudsman's office, which sent its delegate in Cauca, Mauricio Redondo, to collect the freed prisoner.

Colombian rebels free captured soldier

Bogota, Apr 17 (EFE).- Leftist FARC guerrillas released a soldier they captured earlier this week in the southwestern province of Cauca, the Colombian national ombudsman's office said Thursday. The rebels handed over Pvt. Miguel Angel Gonzalez to the elders of the Nasa Indian community of Mosoco and asked them to contact authorities, the office said in a statement. The indigenous leaders reached out to the ombudsman's office, which sent its delegate in Cauca, Mauricio Redondo, to collect the freed prisoner.

Colombian drug bust seizes over a ton of marijuana

The Colombian Army seized 1.3 tons of marijuana worth nearly a million dollars, allegedly owned by FARC leftist guerrillas, it said Saturday. Most of the haul was seized in northern Cauca, where "soldiers seized 1,239 kilograms (2,732 pounds) of marijuana," a statement from the army's third brigade said. A further 100 kilograms of marijuana was seized in the neighboring department of Valle del Cauca, "from a person who was transporting it to Cali" the capital of the department, the statement added. The stash was apparently intended for export, it 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.

Three police, one civilian killed in Colombia attack

Three 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.

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, 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

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.

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.

Colombia says FARC rebels killed 2 cops

Bogota, Mar 18 (EFE).- The director of the Colombian Police confirmed Tuesday the murders of two officers in the southwestern part of the country and attributed the deed to leftist FARC guerrillas. After Maj. German Mendez Pabon and Pvt. Edilmer Muñoz Ortiz were reported missing last weekend authorities launched a search that ended Tuesday morning with the discovery of the two bodies in Tumaco, a municipality in Nariño province, Gen. Rodolfo Palomino told a press conference.
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