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Colombian Rebels Threaten to Kill Mayors - 2002-07-10

Colombian media reports quote a commander of the country's largest leftist rebel group as saying members will carry out a threat to kill local mayors who have not yet stepped down.

Raul Reyes, a leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, told members the threat is a top priority. He reportedly made his comment in a radio transmission Tuesday that was intercepted by Colombian security officials.

Colombia's privately-owned Caracol Television says the rebel leader's order reaches 11 regions in the country where the FARC has threatened to kill local officials.

The latest threat follows the May 26 victory of right-leaning president-elect Alvaro Uribe who has pledged to get tough with the rebels, who have been waging a 40-year civil war.