3 Colombians die in anti-personnel mine blasts

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Posted: Nov 06, 2009 6:43 PM

Colombian officials say three adults have been killed and two children wounded in two related anti-personnel mine blasts in the country's northwest.

The top security official in the town of Dabeiba, Wesly Uran, says two brothers aged 9 and 10 were wounded Thursday night when they set off a mine. The boys' father, mother and uncle died in a second blast as they went to aid the youngsters.

Uran says the mines were on a forest path a three-hour walk from the town center, apparently placed by leftist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombia's government says land mines killed 88 people and wounded 403 in the first nine months of this year.