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60 dead in clashes in Colombia

At least 60 people were killed in Colombia over the past 24 hours as the military launched new offensive operations a various parts of the country and leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries clashed with each other, military officials said. Ten Colombian troops and 21 right-wing paramilitaries were killed as they clashed on a highway near Villanueva, 325 kilometers (202 miles) east of Bogota, a military spokesman said. In a separate operation near Llano Grande, 545 kilometers (339 miles) northwest of the capital, a Colombian brigade killed 17 guerrillas from the left-wing Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the military said. Four soldiers were injured in the skirmish. Colombian troops seized 38 AK-47s, machine guns, grenades and rifles. They also took landmines, unidentified projectiles, radios and military uniforms. Full Story

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