Nine marines killed by rebels in Colombia

08:34, May 25, 2010      

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Nine Colombian marines were killed on Monday in an ambush of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a jungle sector of Caqueta department, in the south of the country, official sources said.

Commander of the Naval Force of the South, General Rafael Colon, said at a press conference that the marines were carrying out operations to guarantee the security of the presidential elections on Sunday.

"The event occurred when the troops entered an area occupied by the FARC in order to locate a hiding place of explosives and war materials to be used in terrorist attacks during the electoral day, " Colon said.

According to Colon, the clash took place in a rural zone between Solano and Cartagena del Chaira municipalities.

A marine went missing after the clash, and two others were injured.

The authorities blamed members of the 15th group of the FARC for the attack.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:intern1)

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