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7 Colombian soldiers killed by suspected guerrillas

By the CNN Wire Staff
A Colombian police officer frisks a citizen during the presidential election runoff Sunday in Bogota, Colombia.
A Colombian police officer frisks a citizen during the presidential election runoff Sunday in Bogota, Colombia.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Police engaged in routine patrol near city of Tibu in northern Columbia
  • They were ambushed by an explosive device, defense ministry spokesman says
  • National Liberation Army guerrillas operate in area and are suspected in attack
  • In separate election day incident, three soldiers killed in confrontation with FARC
RELATED TOPICS
  • Colombia
  • FARC

(CNN) -- Seven Colombian national police officers were killed Sunday in an attack by suspected guerrillas in northern Colombia, defense ministry spokesman Javier Flores told CNN.

The police were engaged in a routine patrol near the city of Tibu when they were ambushed by an explosive device, he said.

The National Liberation Army, or ELN, guerrillas operate in the area and were suspected of being behind the attack, Flores said.

In a separate incident in the south of the country, three soldiers were killed in a confrontation with FARC guerrillas, he said.

The attacks come on Colombia's election day, where a runoff will decide who will succeed President Alvaro Uribe, who held a tough stance against the guerrilla groups.

 
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