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Colombian forces say they have killed 12 rebels after a bloody three day battle that left another 23 people dead around the country.
The defense ministry says the rebels who died in the surprise raid were part of the personal guard of Guillermo Saenz, known as Alfonso Cano, head of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.
Local media reports say Colombia's army is closing in on Cano. In separate battles over the weekend, officials say 10 soldiers, two police and two civilians were also killed as troops tried to take control of areas from the outlaws.
The attack was carried out by Colombia's air force, army and police early Sunday morning in the mountainous central province of Tolima.
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