Eight alleged FARC guerrillas ambushed police traveling on the Pan-American highway between the towns of Popayan and Pasto in the Cauca department.
Three officers were killed in the attack, and several others were wounded. According to Semana, the wounded officers have been flown to Popayan to receive medical treatment.
A bomb was detonated in a local shop in the town of Santander de Quichao, also in the Cauca department, at 5AM. The explosion did not produce any casualties, but it did damage several nearby houses.
It has been speculated that the bomb attack was intended as a punitive act for failure to pay extortion money to the FARC.