Ambush kills 14 Colombian soldiers

Fighters have ambushed an army patrol in southern Colombia, killing 14 soldiers, amid continuing violence over control of a remote village.

Ambush kills 14 Colombian soldiers

The ambush took place near the town of La Julia, 160km south of the capital, Bogota, where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) are believed to operate, an army spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman, from army central command in Bogota, said there were also initial reports of heavy casualties among the guerrillas.


But since fighting was still going on and communication with troops was by satellite phone only, she was unable to provide further details.


Among the soldiers killed were two junior officers, the spokeswoman, who was not authorised to speak on the record, said.


Acting on intelligence reports warning of a guerrilla assault on the village of La Julia, a mobile army unit from the US-trained Omega Force, was deployed to the area, the spokeswoman said. However, the unit was taken by surprise.


Local media also reported the attack.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16