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2006-07-14 12:42:31

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Leftist Colombian rebels killed 10 civilians and took 170 hostage, authorities said on Friday, in a show of force before conservative President Alvaro Uribe starts his second term next month. In its biggest kidnapping operation in years, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, moved late on Thursday against the town of Riosucio in the northern province of Choco, near Panama. "The number of hostages is 170," Choco Gov. Julio...

2006-07-11 19:18:58

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian soldiers killed at least 15 Marxist rebels in four separate clashes across the country on Tuesday, the army said. The fighting came as President Alvaro Uribe, popular for cracking down on the guerrillas, prepares to start his second term next month. The army said the dead rebels were from the 17,000-strong Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which funds its four-decade-old war against the state through drug smuggling, kidnapping...

2006-06-28 18:51:46

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian soldiers killed the rebel leader overseeing a campaign to take over a central part of the country abandoned by right-wing militias who pulled out after peace talks, the army said on Wednesday. The guerrilla commander known as "Juan Carlos" was killed in a battle with government troops on Tuesday in the central province of Santander. He was on the 25-member military strategy committee of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of...

2006-04-21 21:27:36

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - At least six soldiers and 10 state security agents were killed in an ambush by leftist guerrillas in northeast Colombia on Thursday, as fighting increases ahead of May's presidential election. One of three soldiers wounded in the attack said the rebels began the assault by opening fire as the soldiers and security agents drove through mountains near the Venezuelan border. "We were on the road when we saw the guerrillas on the hillside...

2006-04-04 16:04:21

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - More people were killed or hurt by land mines in Colombia last year than in any other country as rebels planted explosive devices to protect crops used to make cocaine, the government said on Tuesday. While the United Nations says countries like Afghanistan and Cambodia recorded fewer than 900 land mine deaths and injuries apiece last year, 1,077 Colombians were killed or maimed by stepping on mines, the vice president's office said....

2006-04-01 17:07:57

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian troops killed 22 Marxist rebels on Saturday in an offensive aimed at preventing guerrilla attacks during campaigning for the May presidential election, the army said. The army killed 14 members of the country's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, which is known by its Spanish initials FARC, and 8 members of the National Liberation Army, or ELN, army spokesmen said. The fighting took place in six different regions of...

2006-03-07 17:07:58

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Seventy members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia handed in their arms and light aircraft to the government on Tuesday in the biggest rebel defection since President Alvaro Uribe took office in 2002. Uribe's big lead in polls ahead of his May 28 re-election bid is largely due to his military action against the 17,000-strong rebel group known by its Spanish initials FARC. He announced the agreement by the 70 rebels at a ceremony in Bogota....

2006-03-06 16:54:48

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian rebels killed three civilians with a bomb intended for soldiers on Monday, the latest in a series of attacks President Alvaro Uribe called a "cowardly" attempt to erode his support ahead of elections. The bomb blew up a house, killing a 8-year-old boy and two women nearby and injuring three soldiers in the southern jungle province of Caqueta. The blast came a day after the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, made...

2006-03-01 14:52:13

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - President Alvaro Uribe, popular for improving security in Colombia's cities, launched his re-election bid on Wednesday promising to defeat Marxist rebels who still hold sway in much of the countryside. "The snake is still alive," Uribe said on local radio, referring to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which controls many rural areas and this week killed nine town council members in the southwest province of Huila....

2006-02-12 15:12:43

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Left-wing Colombian rebels massacred a family of six in the northern province of Antioquia, including an 80-year-old woman, authorities said on Sunday. The government sent soldiers and investigators to the village of Llanos del Encuentro after members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, opened fire on the family home, authorities told reporters. The massacre could be related to the murder "some time ago of a warlock said to be linked...


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