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Colombian Rebels Kill 3 in Latest Political Attack


Authorities in Colombia say rebels have killed two town council members and a woman in a southern jungle town.

The authorities say the killings late Tuesday in the town of Doncello were part of the rebels' so-called "Pistol Plan", in which the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia or FARC targets officials for assassination.

Officials in Doncello say town council members Argemiro Medina and Ofelia Betancur were killed in their homes, along with Betancur's sister Rosalia. The officials say the rebels planned to kill other council members but that the councilors were saved by not being home.

FARC has allegedly killed four other town council members in southern Colombia this year. The rebel group calls such local officials representatives of the national government, which FARC has fought against for more than four decades.

Last month, the Colombian government accused the group of murdering 11 provincial lawmakers that FARC had held hostage since 2002.

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

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