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Army kills 16 in rebel clashes

July 26, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

The military said at least 16 suspected guerrillas and one soldier were killed in clashes.

Defense Minister Gen. Freddy Padilla said troops faced off with rebels belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in the southern department of Meta.

Padilla said that soldiers seized camping equipment, munitions and other items after the clashes, which began Friday.

The suspected rebels answered to No. 2 FARC commander Jorge Briceno, known as Mono Jojoy, Padilla said.

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