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Hundreds flee as rival militias clash in Colombia

At least 600 peasants, including many children, have fled their homes in lawless northern Colombia as heavy fighting raged between rival right-wing paramilitary groups despite peace talks with the government, authorities and witnesses said yesterday. The clashes, the heaviest yet involving former allies who fought against Marxist rebels in Colombia’s four-decade guerrilla war, were taking place near San Roque, a mountain town some 220km northwest of the capital Bogota. Witnesses said some 2000 heavily armed illegal fighters of the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia, known in Spanish as AUC, and the Central Bolivar Block, or BCB, launched an offensive against the rival Metro Block about 10 days ago. There were no independent reports of casualties. Full Story

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