Authorities: 5 Colombian police killed in ambush

AP News
Posted: Aug 17, 2011 6:02 PM
Authorities: 5 Colombian police killed in ambush

Colombian authorities say FARC rebels are believed responsible for an ambush that killed five police officers and wounded two in the southwestern coastal town of Tumaco.

Gen. Orlando Pineda is the region's top police official. He tells The Associated Press the officers were part of a 10-man patrol that was on its way to set up a road checkpoint when it was attacked Wednesday morning.

Hospital officials say the slain police had multiple bullet wounds.

Southwestern Colombia has seen a recent uptick in attacks by the FARC, a leftist insurgency fighting the state for a half century.

Colombia's Defense Ministry says at least 115 security force members have been killed in action so far this year.