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Colombia to renew FARC bombing

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 01:40

Colombia's government lifts a suspension on bombing FARC rebel camps after a deadly attack on its troops. Paul Chapman reports.

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PLEASE NOTE: EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Colombia says ten of its troops were killed by FARC rebels in an ambush in the rural province of Cauca. At least nine other soldiers have been wounded. The incident comes four months after FARC declared a unilateral ceasefire and one month after the government suspended bombing raids against it. The president's ordered the raids to start again. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) COLOMBIA PRESIDENT JUAN MANUEL SANTOS SAYING: "This is a reprehensible act that will not go without punishment and requires decisive action, and there will be consequences. We are going to pursue those responsible for this despicable act. I have ordered the armed forces to lift the suspension of bombings on FARC camps until further notice." The rebels say the incident was a legitimate case of self-defence in the face of government military action. (SOUNDBITE)(Spanish) PASTOR ALAPE, FARC MEMBER, SAYING: "Everything has a cause and in this case incoherence on behalf of the government for ordering military operations against the guerrillas while they are taking part in a ceasefire." This was the first significant attack blamed on the rebels since their ceasefire declaration in December. Yet some observers say it's unlikely to derail the peace talks underway for the past two years in Cuba.

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Colombia to renew FARC bombing

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 01:40