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Alleged FARC Gunmen Kill Six People In Southwest Colombia

March 2, 2011 By Staff

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

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Top StorySix people were killed in Colombia after a helicopter delivering money to a local bank was attacked by gunmen.

More than a dozen attackers opened fire after the helicopter landed in Caloto, in the south-western province of Cauca. The regional police chief blamed leftist rebels.

The robbery occurred about 10 a.m. after the civilian aircraft landed on a soccer field used as a landing pad. The helicopter unloaded and took off, before the gunmen opened fire from nearby underbrush and killed four officers and a bank employee who had received the money

A 31-year-old female passer-by was shot in the head and died later at a hospital.

The Cauca province police chief Col. Carlos Rodriguez blamed the 6th Front of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He said that between 15 and 18 rebels, wearing camouflage uniforms, hid in two homes near the soccer pitch before mounting that attack.

The money allegedly belonged to Accion Social, the state social welfare agency.

In another attack Tuesday in a different region, presumed rebels killed a soldier and a civilian motorcycle rider in an attack on a military checkpoint.

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