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UN Says Observers Ambushed in Southern Colombia

BOGOTA The United Nations Mission in Colombia confirmed on Sunday that UN observers accompanied by police and demobilized FARC rebels were ambushed while trying to safely remove an explosives cache in the southwestern province of Cauca.

A police officer was wounded in the incident, which took place in a remote area of the municipality of Caloto, the mission said in a brief statement.

After taking custody of the person weapons handed over by nearly 7,000 Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) fighters, the UN Mission is now working with former insurgents to decommission 779 explosives caches.

Police provide security for the UN-FARC teams.

The wounded policeman was taken to a hospital in Cali, while the rest of the personnel withdrew to one of the government-designated zones for FARC combatants taking part in the demobilization under a November 2016 peace pact with the government.

Though the UN Mission in Colombia includes police and military personnel, they do not carry guns.

 

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