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Colombian Soldiers Search for Americans

Army soldiers backed by U.S. intelligence and U.S.-made helicopters swarmed the jungles of southern Colombia on Saturday in search of three American government contract workers apparently kidnapped by leftist rebels. By late in the day, Colombian military commanders had found no sign of the men, whose single-engine airplane crashed Thursday after suffering a mechanical failure during a joint U.S.-Colombian flight over rebel-held territory. Two other crew members, an American and a Colombian army sergeant, were shot and killed, apparently by rebels, near the scene of the crash close to the small town of Puerto Rico, about 220 miles south of Bogota. “The operations are developing in an intense manner,” Gen. Jorge Enrique Mora, commander of Colombia’s armed forces, told reporters Saturday. “The objective is recovering the three men.” Full Story

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