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| 7/26/2011 10:00:00 AM

Colombia's Farc rebels: Retreating or resurgent?

July 26th--It was market day in Toribio, a small rural town in south-west Colombia.

By mid-morning, some 3,000 people were busying themselves in the main square, among the stalls packed with fruit, meat and other products.
But then the sound of gunshots, followed by a huge explosion, turned a normal Saturday into a day people would never forget.
Rebels from Colombia's biggest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), had detonated a bus laden with gas canisters. The blast killed four people and injured 103.
Almost 500 houses were badly damaged - practically the entire town.
Toribio, located in the mountains of Cauca province, some 304km (189 miles) from Bogota, had seen plenty of Farc attacks before.
"But this is the worst that ever happened to us," Mayor Carlos Banguero told the BBC.
That same day, 9 July, the rebels also targeted three other neighbouring towns.

 
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