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Panama Says Mines Set by Colombian Rebels

Panama says drug-running Colombian rebels have planted landmines in Panama near the two countries' shared border.

Panamanian Security Minister Jose Mulino said Friday that whoever planted the mines is apparently "protecting something" in the area.

Mulino did not say how many mines were found in the Darien region where two police officers were wounded last week in a mine blast.

The region has been the scene of occasional incursions by rebels into Panamanian territory in the past.

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