Report: FARC says 11 hostages killed

Eleven kidnapped former state lawmakers held hostage for five years were killed after a military attack on the jungle camp where they were being kept, according to a statement Thursday on a Web site sympathetic to the country's largest rebel group.

Report: FARC says 11 hostages killed
Eleven kidnapped former state lawmakers held hostage for five years were killed after a military attack on the jungle camp where they were being kept, according to a statement Thursday on a Web site sympathetic to the country's largest rebel group.

The interior minister and a close adviser to President Alvaro Uribe told Colombian media that they had no information on the reported deaths. There was no way to independently confirm the report.

The Web site of the left-wing news agency ANNCOL carried a statement purportedly from the western command of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC. It said 11 of the 12 ex-provincial deputies being held were killed in the crossfire after an "unidentified military group" attacked the rebel camp June 18.

"We are waiting for confirmation," said a crying Fabiola Perdomo, wife of one of those reported dead, in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. "I'm totally lost; we don't know what we're going to do."

The 12 were kidnapped in a brazen daylight raid in April 2002 in the southwest city of Cali. The statement said that just one survived, Sigifredo Lopez, who was not with the others at the time of the attack.

The report did not say where the clash occurred, saying only that there had been increased operations by the military in the zone in recent weeks.

The head of Colombia's armed forces, Gen. Freddy Padilla, said in a statement that "military intelligence has not had any information where the deputies (of the province) of Valle del Cauca were being held by the FARC, and so has not ordered any rescue missions."

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