Four dead as Colombia clashes with FARC rebels

AFP , Tuesday 13 Sep 2011

Clashes between security forces and guerrillas kills two policemen, a soldier and lefist fighters whilst the fighting continues

Two police, a soldier and a leftist fighter have been killed in separate clashes between Colombian security forces and leftist FARC guerrillas, according to officials.

The two police were attacked Monday while securing a water tank in the southwestern department of Valle, where Latin America's oldest rebel movement is active, Colonel Julian Gonzales said.

The other two were killed on the same day in the southern Caqueta department, another guerrilla bastion, according to General Fabricio Cabrera.

He added that two other soldiers were wounded and the fighting was still under way.

Cabrera said suspected rebels had carried out an attack in Caqueta on Sunday in which they strapped explosives to a horse, in the third such attack this year.

The Colombian government has been battling the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) -- Latin America's oldest rebel movement, now estimated to have some 8,000 fighters -- since 1964.

The movement has stepped up attacks in recent weeks ahead of local and regional elections scheduled for 3-  October, according to officials.

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