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Army says 18 FARC rebels killed in jungle bombardment

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-27

At least 18 Marxist FARC guerrillas were killed in Colombia in the final hours of an air force bombing on Saturday of a rebel jungle camp in the centre of the country, according to a military spokesman.

REUTERS - Colombian forces killed at least 18 leftist guerrillas on Saturday in an aerial bombardment in the southern jungle province of Meta, the country's military command said.

 

The bombing was part of Colombia's hunt for Jorge Briceno, known as "Mono Jojoy," chief military commander of the 45-year-old Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

 

Government troops have been stepping up pressure on FARC camps where they believe the rebel boss has been hiding.

 

President Alvaro Uribe, first elected in 2002, is popular for his U.S.-backed crackdown on the cocaine-financed FARC. He may run for a third term next year if his supporters succeed in changing the constitution to allow him to campaign again.

 

Date created : 2009-07-25

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