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French journalist missing in Colombia

Bogota , Sun, 29 Apr 2012 ANI

Bogota, Apr 28 (Xinhua-ANI): A French journalist went missing in Colombia on Saturday after an attack launched by leftist rebels on an army column killed four people, military officials said.

Colombian authorities have launched a search operation for the missing, French embassy officials said.

The journalist, identified as Romeo Langlois who works for France 24, was accompanying a military and police patrol in Caqueta province of south Colombia, where the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels are active, the officials said.

Three soldiers and one police officer were killed in the attack. Five others-four Colombian soldiers and a police officer-as well as the journalist, remained missing.

Langlois was accompanying the army unit in an anti-drug operation when they came under attack from FARC rebels, the officials said.

FARC is Colombia's largest rebel group and has been at war with the government since its establishment in 1964. Earlier this month, FARC released 10 police officers and soldiers kidnapped during 1998-1999. (Xinhua-ANI)


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