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Colombian rebels kill five soldiers in coca field

May 3--Colombian FARC rebels killed five soldiers after attacking them with explosives near the border with Ecuador while troops were eradicating illegal coca crops used to make cocaine, the army said Saturday.

Colombian rebels kill five soldiers in coca field

Colombia's long war is waning due to President Alvaro Uribe's U.S.-backed campaign to deploy troops to take on the guerrillas, but Latin America's oldest insurgency is still a force in rural areas where the state presence is weak.

"Five soldiers were killed in an attack carried out by the 48th Front of the FARC in a rural zone," the army said in a statement referring to the guerrilla unit involved.

The attack with explosives and improvised land mines took place in Putumayo province near Ecuador's border in the south of Colombia, where rebels and drug traffickers fight over coca fields. Colombia is the world's No. 1 cocaine exporter.
 
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