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Colombian troops kill 12 FARC rebels

07-12-2010 17:02 BJT

BOGOTA, July 12 (Xinhua) -- At least 12 rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were killed in an operation by government troops in central Colombia, military sources said on Sunday.

Colombia's air force, army and police launched the operation early Sunday in rural Planadas, south of central Colombia's Tolima province, the military said in a statement.

The statement said the bodies of 12 FARC soldiers were found during the operation, including eight men and four women.

They belonged to the FARC Heroes of Marquetalia mobile column, it said.

Among the dead was Magaly Grannobles, head of the Heroes of Maquetalia mobile column which provides protection for Guillermo Leon, alias Alfonso Cano, the guerrilla's top leader, the statement said.

On the same day, at least 10 Colombian soldiers died and four others were injured during a battle with the FARC in the northeastern province of Arauca, the military said.

"The clash occurred in El Sinai lane, the rural area of Arauquita town, when the FARC planned to attack the electricity infrastructure of the sector," the Army said.

The 18th brigade of the Army said some guerillas also died in the fighting, though their numbers and identities were not known yet.

Besides, three soldiers of the 18th brigade were killed by mines on Saturday in the same province bordering Venezuela.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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