Land mine blast kills 6 Colombian soldiers Saturday; rebels blamed (Colombia)

BOGOTA, Colombia - A truck carrying soldiers hit a land mine in western Colombia, killing six people in an attack an official blamed on the nation's largest guerrilla group.


An official with the army's 5th division says the blast occurred yesterday 150 kilometres southwest of Bogota in Tolima province and killed five soldiers and a sub-official.

The official, who requested anonymity, blamed the attack on the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Tolima province, which neighbours Colombia's capital, has seen an upswing in fighting between the security forces and FARC guerrillas.

Pushed back on the defensive, Colombias rebels have sought to avoid direct firefights with the security forces instead opting for attacks with land mines and other explosives.

Von:, 20.11.2007

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