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Colombian Leftist Rebels Execute at Least 7 Coca Farm Workers


Colombian police say suspected leftist rebels have executed at least seven farm workers involved in coca harvesting in the southwest of the country.

Authorities say the attack was carried out Wednesday in the province of Narino by gunmen from Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

They say the rebel group killed the farm workers as part of its battle for ownership of lucrative coca fields used in the production of cocaine.

FARC militants have been fighting a long-running conflict with far-right paramilitaries in the region, with each side trying to control drug smuggling routes to Central America.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.
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