Colombia's FARC kills 5 soldiers on eve of truce: army

Colombian troops pictured about to board a helicopter in Quibdo, Choco province, in a Ministry of Defense photo released on November 19, 2014Colombia’s FARC guerrillas killed five soldiers Friday in an attack that came on the eve of a unilateral ceasefire hailed as a key step in peace negotiations, the army said. FARC fighters ambushed a patrol in the rural area of Santander de Quilichao in western Colombia, in a pre-dawn attack that also left five soldiers lightly wounded and one missing, the army said. The incident came a day before the leftist guerrilla group was due to begin an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, a move the European Union and United Nations had praised as a positive step to accelerate the peace talks aimed at ending the 50-year-old conflict.

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