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| 3/29/2009 12:00:00 AM

FARC guerillas fail in bid to kill defence minister after spelling mistake

Mar 30 -- Colombia's security forces have foiled a plot by Marxists rebels to assassinate the defence minister - although its chances of success were probably small as the guerrillas had misspelled "policia" on their repainted police motorbikes.

A special forces unit of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) had planned to celebrate the movement's 45th anniversary by killing Juan Manuel Santos. Ten rebels had disguised themselves as policemen and painted two motorbikes in police colours.

Unfortunately, they managed to stencil the word "Policia" back to front on the bikes' fuel tanks. "Ten members of the terrorist group the Teofilo Forero of the narco-terrorists of the FARC have been captured," announced President Alvaro Uribe, who has made the crushing of the rebels and their 40-year insurgency his government's central priority. "They were planning an attack on the minister of defence and members of his family."

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