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Colombian Soldiers Killed in Rebel Ambush

Marxist rebels have ambushed an army convoy in southern Colombia, killing eight soldiers and a civilian, and wounding four other soldiers.

Authorities say the soldiers were traveling on a bridge in the jungle province of Putumayo Wednesday when the rebels known as the FARC detonated mines hidden on the span.

The incident took place one day after the FARC attacked a military post in the southwestern village of Iscuande, killing 15 Marines and wounding 25.

Colombia is mired in a long-running civil war involving leftist rebels, rightist paramilitaries and the government. The violence leaves thousands dead each year.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.