Au­thor­i­ties claim 32 rebels killed

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BO­GOTA | Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos said a mil­i­tary raid killed 32 rebels in the coun­try’s south­ern plains in the sec­ond ma­jor blow in less than a week to the An­dean na­tion’s main guer­rilla force.

Mr. San­tos said the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia (FARC) in­sur­gents were killed be­fore dawn Mon­day in Vista Her­mosa in Meta prov­ince, a key mu­nic­i­pal­ity in a re­gion of tra­di­tional rebel strength.

Last week, the mil­i­tary said it killed 33 rebels in Arauca state near the bor­der with Venezuela.

The rebels took up arms in 1964 but have been badly bat­tered in re­cent years and are seek­ing peace talks. They have vowed to re­lease their last pris­on­ers in early April. that many peo­ple said they had felt since a huge quake dev­as­tated the area two years ago.

Some peo­ple were in­jured by fall­ing ceil­ing ma­te­rial, but there were no re­ports of ma­jor dam­age or deaths be­cause of quake-re­lated ac­ci­dents.

The quake struck at 7:30 p.m. about 16 miles north-north­west of Talca, a city of more than 200,000 peo­ple where res­i­dents said the shak­ing lasted about a minute. near the run­way in Trea­sure Cay, which he said was buf­feted by gusty winds Sun­day.

The vic­tims were mar­ried cou­ples who owned sec­ond homes on the is­land and vis­ited the Ba­hamas fre­quently, Mr. Ped­i­can said.

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