6 killed in Colombia attacks

2011-03-19 08:33
Bogota -Three civilians and three police officers were killed in two dawn attacks blamed on Marxist Farc guerrillas in the northeast province of Norte de Santander, police said Friday.

The officers were killed in the town of Sardinata when guerrillas threw homemade bombs, crafted from gas containers, at the local police station.

"The walls fell and killed three of our men," regional police commander Jorge Gutierrez told journalists, adding that three others were injured.

The police commander said both attacks were "perpetrated by Farc terrorists", referring to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.

In San Calixto, a similar attack occurred. A homemade bomb was thrown at a police station but missed its target. Instead, it struck nearby homes, "unfortunately causing the deaths of two adults and one child", the officer said.

The Farc, which has been at war with the Colombian government since 1964, is the country's oldest and largest leftist group, with an estimated 8 000 combatants.

On Thursday, three Colombian sailors were killed in the eastern province of Arauca, near Venezuela, after having been attacked by four men.

Initially, the attack was blamed on Farc, but two alleged members of the guerrilla group National Liberation Army (ELN) were arrested on Friday in Venezuela, in connection with the deaths of the sailors, officials said.

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