Five Colombian soldiers killed during anti-rebel operation

May 4th, 2008 - 1:50 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, May 4 (IANS) At least five soldiers have been killed and 10 wounded in a mine explosion during an operation to nab a rebel guerrilla leader in northeast Colombia, a military statement has said. The explosion occurred Saturday when the government troops, who were searching for a top leader of Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), stepped in a minefield prepared by the rebels in municipality of Tibu on the Venezuelan border, EFE news agency reported Sunday.

“Five members of the military - a lieutenant, a sergeant and three enlisted men - were killed and 11 injured in the blast,” the military statement said adding that the troops were continuing the operation in the area to nab Ivan Marquez, who is one of the top-rank leaders of the rebel group.

“Besides setting up the minefield, the rebels blew up a bridge that links the town of Tibu with the rest of the region. The explosions caused panic among the inhabitants and cut them off from many towns of the area,” the military said.

Last Tuesday in the same region, the FARC attacked the Ca

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