Fighting between Colombian rebels, troops leaves at least 7 soldiers dead

Colombian authorities say at least seven soldiers have been killed and five others have been wounded in fighting with rebels.

Army Gen. Emiro Barrios say the gunbattle erupted on Wednesday in the southern state of Caqueta when rebels tried to seize the town of Milan and were repelled by dozens of troops.

It was the deadliest clash between Colombian troops and rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia so far this year. On Jan. 29, four soldiers were killed in fighting with rebels elsewhere in the country.

The violence came while the Colombian government and FARC rebels are pursuing peace talks in Cuba.