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Rebels fire at convoy of Colombian candidate

Monday, February 24, 2014

Gunmen shot at the convoy of left-wing Colombian presidential candidate Aida Avella on Sunday but no one was injured, police said.

The attack raises tensions ahead of May elections that will center on how to end a five-decade war with guerrillas.

The convoy of the Patriotic Union party candidate came under fire when it was traveling on a highway in the oil-rich northeastern province of Arauca, where the left-wing FARC and ELN rebels have a heavy presence.

Source: Reuters