14 cops killed in Colombia IED ambush, rebels blamed
BOGOTA, Colombia — Suspected leftist rebels killed 14 police officers and wounded seven in an ambush of a five-truck convoy in southern Colombia, a police commander said Thursday.
Elsewhere in the country, two separate mine blasts on Wednesday and Thursday killed four soldiers and wounded six more, authorities reported.
The police casualties were among 45 caribiniers — all in their 20s — who were on patrol on Wednesday evening when attackers detonated roadside bombs then opened fire, police Gen. Santiago Parra told The Associated Press by telephone from the nearby provincial capital of Florencia.
Police had initially reported five dead but Parra said a rescue mission found nine more bodies later Thursday.