In Colombia 10 soldiers killed by Farc rebels

Reports say 17 soldiers were also injured, with 4 of them seriously, following an attack in the Farc stronghold of Cacau.

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Left-wing Farc rebels have killed 10 soldiers in Colombia, BBC reports.

Reports say 17 soldiers were also injured, with 4 of them seriously, following an attack in the Farc stronghold of Cacau.

Local governor, Temistocles Ortega said the soldiers were attacked at dawn at an army garrison in a small town of Cacau, adding that the rebels used explosives, grenades and firearms.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, has said that he will visit the area even as he condemned the killing of soldiers, adding "this is why we want to end the war".

Farc, which is listed as a terrorist organisation by the US and Europe, is the largest of Colombia's rebel groups and it was founded in 1964 with the aim of installing a Marxist regime.

Its negotiators have been engaged in peace talks with the Colombian government since November 2012 and declared a unilateral ceasefire in December 2014.

In the 5 decades of conflict, about 220,000 people are estimated to have died.

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