Colombia: Attacks in 3 towns kill 3, wound 20

AP News
Posted: Jul 09, 2011 11:25 PM
Colombia: Attacks in 3 towns kill 3, wound 20

Colombian authorities say nearly simultaneous attacks in three towns have killed three people and wounded more than 20. Colombian President Manuel Santos is blaming the FARC rebel group.

Santos says Saturday's attacks are a result of military pressure being put on the FARC and shows the rebels are growing desperate. The president has told people at a ceremony in Bogota that the government is taking away FARC's sanctuaries.

Authorities say attackers used firearms, mortars and a car bomb during the assaults on the neighboring municipalities of Caldono, Toribio and Corinto. Officials say the dead are a police officer and two civilians.

The towns are in an area about 200 miles (320 kilometers) southwest of Bogota.