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Colombian Rebels Kidnap 15, Kill 6 Police, Soldier

Leftist rebels kidnapped 15 people and then killed six policemen and a soldier who tried to rescue them, the police said on Tuesday. The civilians were kidnapped at a roadblock in Caldas province in rural northwest Colombia on Monday. The military eventually freed the civilians during a rescue attempt later the same day, but they failed to capture or kill any of the Marxist guerrillas, a police commander said. “The police immediately started pursuing the criminals. Unfortunately, in a forested area, an ambush took place, resulting in the deaths of a lieutenant, five other police officers and a soldier,” Col. Rodolfo Palomino told Reuters. The guerrillas were from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a 17,000-strong group known by the Spanish initials FARC, he said. Full Story

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