Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Colombian rebels ambush military convoy, killing 12 marines

ASSOCIATED PRESS - msnbc.com 6/24/2003

BOGOTA, Colombia, June 24 — Rebels ambushed a military vehicle escorting a truck convoy along a northern Colombian highway Tuesday, killing 12 marines and injuring eight others, the navy said.

The rebels hurled grenades and opened fire on the marines' vehicle, but left the trucks unharmed, Navy Col. German Ussa said. The troops fought back, killing five rebels and capturing another before the insurgents fled back into the surrounding hills.

Authorities blamed Colombia's largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, for the attack. The leftist FARC is waging a 39-year civil war against the Colombian government and right-wing paramilitary groups.

The convoy was driving along a highway that winds its way from the nation's Caribbean Coast to the center of the country. The attack took place in the northern state of Bolivar, where rebels are battling security forces for control.

The military has been protecting trucks transporting cattle and food in the region for about two months, Ussa said.

Also on Tuesday, the army said it had killed one illegal paramilitary fighter and captured 34 others during 10 days of a military offensive in central Colombia. Army troops also discovered a helicopter with Colombian Air Force logos on it in a paramilitary camp in the region.

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Wake up people!!!

It was no doubt an Oil transport convoy.

They took the oil and will either use, sell or ransome it back to the Occidental Petroleum folks.

Don't you people remember Bush got Congress to approve $108 million to protect Occidental's profits???? To keep the rebels from blowing up Occidental 's pipeline?

Make the connnection: our blood, our money to protect Bush's friend's oil profits.

That is why the damn story is so short and short on details.

I wanna cry.



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