Published September 19, 2010
BOGOTA, Colombia – BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's defense minister says the military has killed at least 22 rebels in an air raid and ensuing ground assault near the border with Ecuador.
Rodrigo Rivera says the rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, killed in Sunday's attack belonged to the same unit that killed eight police officers nine days earlier in the border town of San Miguel.
Authorities displayed bodies of the slain guerrillas to reporters in the nearby town of Puerto Assis.
The military did not offer details on the operation or say whether security forces suffered casualties.
The FARC has killed more than 30 police in attacks across Colombia since Juan Manuel Santos became president Aug. 7.