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19 Missing Soldiers in Colombia Found Alive


Colombian army officials say 19 soldiers who went missing after battling leftist rebels have been found alive.

General Hernando Ortiz says the soldiers are in good health. They had gone missing Saturday after fighting members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia or FARC, who attacked their base in the southwestern Putumayo state. At least 19 other soldiers in that battle were killed.

In another clash Saturday, near the northeastern border with Venezuela, six soldiers were killed.

President Alvaro Uribe is expected to travel to the areas were the fighting took place Sunday.

The FARC, along with a smaller rebel group and rightist paramilitary units, is locked in a long-running war with the government that kills thousands of people each year.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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