Archive for Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Rebels kill eight town councilors in attack

February 28, 2006

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— Rebels burst into a hotel in southern Colombia where local government officials were meeting Monday and killed eight town councilors, authorities said.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels arrived in a truck disguised as police, walked into the hotel and opened fire while the officials were having a working lunch, said Gilberto Toro, head of the Colombian Federation of Municipalities.

President Alvaro Uribe condemned the attack, which he said killed eight councilors.

A statement said government troops are combing the area around the town of Rivera, 150 miles southwest of Bogota, for the attackers.

Several more people were injured in the shooting, Toro said. A total of 11 councilors were there.

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