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FARC Rebels Kill 7 Colombian Police Officers

Colombian rebels have killed seven police officers who were guarding work crews destroying coca plants in a national park. Seven other police and one worker were injured.

FARC (standing for Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrillas attacked the government workers Monday in the Macarena National Park.

Colombian coca farmers have begun cultivating crops inside national parks because U.S.-funded aircraft do not apply herbicide to national parks due to environmental concerns.

The leftist guerrillas raise coca to finance their four-decade-long war against the government. Coca is the base ingredient of cocaine.

President Alvaro Uribe ordered the national parks eradication campaign after FARC rebels killed 29 soldiers near the park in December.

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