According to Colombian authorities, a number of supposed FARC guerrillas approached and killed the two policemen as they were guarding the annual festivities in the principal park of San Andres de Cuerquia, a small village in the north of the Antioquia department.
Newspaper El Colombiano said that the policemen were shot dead with small firearms. The alleged guerrillas then left several undetonated explosives in the park before they fled.
The mayor of San Andres de Cuerquia decided to suspend festivities after the attack in show of solidarity with the families of the victims.
The FARC’s 36th Front is active in much in northern Antioquia and is considered to be involved in both gold mining and coca base production.