5 Colombian soldiers killed in rebel minefield

May 4th, 2008 - 3:55 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, May 4 (IANS) At least five Colombian soldiers were killed and 10 wounded when they entered a minefield chasing leftist guerrillas. Two officers and three troopers were killed Saturday as they crossed into the minefield in Tibu municipality on the Venezuelan border while pursuing one of the top leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Ivan Marquez, Spain’s EFE news agency reported Sunday.

“Five members of the military, a lieutenant, a sergeant and three enlisted men, were killed in action. The army troops are continuing the operations with the goal of neutralizing the capability of the FARC and the National Liberation Army (ELN),” an armed forces communique said.

The rebels blew up a bridge that links the town of Tibu with the rest of the region.

Last Tuesday, FARC guerrillas damaged the Ca

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