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Colombia rebel group suspected in attack on police

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 00:55

Colombian authorities say the National Liberation Army rebel group is suspected to be behind a bomb that went off near police officers in a Norte de Santander city, confirmation of which is likely to derail peace talks. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Yet another obstacle in the way of peace in Colombia... A bomb attack on Wednesday that wounded 17 police officers is believed by authorities to be linked to the ELN, a rebel group currently holding peace talks with the government. Colombia's Defence Minister Luis Carlos Villegas said the officers were on the way to fight organised crime involving the ELN. Formal peace talks between the group and President Juan Manuel Santos's administration were announced in October. Many hoped they would rejuvenate Santos' push for peace, after it was dealt a blow in a referendum that rejected a peace deal with the country's larger FARC rebel group. The ELN has been at war with the government for five decades. It was founded by radical Catholic priests and inspired by Cuba's revolution.

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Colombia rebel group suspected in attack on police

Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 00:55