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Colombia Gov't Blamed in Hostages' Deaths

Colombian rebels began shooting hostages as soon as they heard military helicopters flying overhead, one of the captives said, describing a botched rescue attempt in which a state governor, a former defense minister and eight soldiers were killed. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe took responsibility for the failed jungle raid in an emotional television address late Monday during which he asked for the nation’s support in Colombia’s fight on terrorism. But despite a growing public clamor to swap jailed guerrillas for dozens of remaining hostages including a presidential candidate and three Americans Colombia’s military commander vowed Tuesday to push ahead with more rescue operations. Gov. Guillermo Gaviria and former Defense Minister Gilberto Echeverri were among those killed in Monday’s failed rescue. Three captive soldiers survived, two with gunshot wounds. Full Story

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