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Two killed, several injured in explosions as clashes erupt in Colombia following announcement of ceasefire, peace talks

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« Two people were killed and two others injured in a car bomb explosion near a police station in the town of Timba on Wednesday, while another explosion at a military command post in Suarez, southwest Colombia, left several soldiers and civilians injured.
« We do not want to allow these types of situations to continue happening in our municipality and therefore we categorically reject all these violent acts that have been happening, » said Oscar Edwin Lopez Sanchez, municipal mayor of Buenos Aires in Cauca.
He also called for increased state presence, not only in terms of military but also in social investment, highlighting the need for stability and peace in the region.
Groups linked to FARC-EMC, a breakaway faction of the demobilised FARC militant organisation with around 3,000 members, are known to operate in the area although there have been no claims of responsibility at time of publication.
FARC-EMC agreed to restart peace talks with the Colombian government and implement a 10-month ceasefire on October 8. The talks will reportedly be held in Tibu near the Venezuelan border. The main FARC group disbanded following a 2016 peace deal.
The government claimed the breakaway group was involved in drug trafficking and illegal mining. A previous ceasefire broke down in May after four indigenous teenagers were killed. »



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