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Colombian Police: Two Priests Killed in Ambush by Rebels

Police in Colombia say two priests have been killed by suspected leftist rebels in ambush on a rural road in the northern part of the country.

The police chief of Notre de Santander province said Monday that the priests and two workers with them died when their vehicle was attacked by explosives and automatic weapons fire.

The police chief blamed the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia rebels, known as FARC, for the attack.

Catholic priests have played a role in mediating Colombia's 40-year civil conflict. But more than 50 priests have also been killed in the violence, including an archbishop.

The insurgent war in Colombia - involving both left wing rebels and right-wing paramilitary groups - claims thousands of lives each year.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.