Latin America & Caribbean

Ten Colombian soldiers killed in rebel ambush

Policemen and soldiers look at rifles, mortars and grenade launchers seized from Farc guerrillas in Cucuta on 11 October 2011.
Image caption The Farc has been weakened by an army offensive, but is still able to mount attacks.

Ten Colombian soldiers have died in an ambush by rebels in the eastern province of Arauca - the second such attack in two days.

On Friday, a similar ambush killed 10 soldiers in the southern province of Narino, near Colombia's border with Ecuador.

The army blamed both attacks on left-wing Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels.

On 30 October, Colombians vote in regional elections.

The army command said the latest attack happened in a rural area of Tame municipality, about 320km (200 miles) northeast of the capital Bogota and near the Venezuelan border.

The Marxist-inspired Farc has been severely weakened by a military offensive which began 10 years ago, but retains the ability to mount hit-and-run attacks, partly due to cash raised through its involvement in the illegal drugs trade and partly thanks to Colombia's thick jungles.

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