The two were shot near the town of Yarumal in northern Antioquia province.”The guerrillas stopped the ambulance and assassinated the soldiers who were traveling in a state of absolute defenselessness,” the army said in a statement.Thousands are killed or displaced every year in this guerrilla war involving the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, and other militias funded by Colombia’s multibillion-dollar cocaine trade.The Yarumal area is a rebel stronghold and a gateway between industrial city Medellin and the Caribbean coast. The FARC uses landmines to impede army operations in the zone.About three Colombians per day are maimed by landmines, including children from poor farming communities who step on the devices on their way to and from school.
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