Bogota: A rebel attack on a police station in southern Colombia left nine dead, including three soldiers and one young civilian, officials said.
General Juan Carlos Salazar told Radio Caracol that the raid was carried out by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the town of San Vicente del Caguan, in the Caqueta department.
He said troops responded when they learned of the attack, killing five FARC fighters. Four other soldiers were wounded along with another civilian.
FARC, which has been at war with the Colombian government since 1964, has between 7,000 and 11,000 fighters and is holding at least 19 soldiers and police officers hostage.