Latin American Herald Tribune | 2/15/2010 12:00:00 AM
Gubernatorial candidate wounded, 3 killed in FARC ambush
Feb 15--A gubernatorial candidate in the Colombian province of Guaviare was wounded and several people with him, reportedly including two police officers, were killed Sunday when FARC guerrillas ambushed his party as it was making a campaign trip, police said.
Colombian media said that it is presumed that guerrillas with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, tried to kidnap the candidate, but they failed due to intervention by the police and the army.
“The guerrillas stopped him and a shootout ensued,” the conservative leader of Guaviare, Ana Forero, told RCN Radio, adding that Perez was wounded in the gun battle but was “probably safe,” that is to say she presumed his life is not in danger, although the extent and nature of his wounds were not reported.
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