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Four FARC guerrillas killed in Colombian army clashes

Four guerrillas with the leftist FARC rebel movement were killed in clashes with soldiers in central Colombia, officials said.

world Updated: Jun 14, 2009 14:11 IST

Four guerrillas with the leftist FARC rebel movement were killed in clashes with soldiers in central Colombia, officials said.

The fighting broke out when soldiers on patrol in the Meta department came upon a Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) encampment, an army spokesman told AFP.

Four of the guerrillas were killed and the rest of the group abandoned the camp and fled. Soldiers recovered about a dozen guns and a laptop computer.

Founded in 1964, the rebel FARC movement is believed to be made up of between 7,000 and 10,000 fighters. The jungle-based group holds 22 police and soldiers as hostages and wants to exchange these "political prisoners" for around 500 jailed FARC rebels.