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20 killed in skirmish

A clash between leftist guerrillas and the army killed 11 soldiers and nine rebels in eastern Colombia on Saturday, the army said.

The combat occurred near Cumaribo, 290 miles east of the capital, Bogota, when the army unit came across rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, the nation's largest guerrilla band.

Rebels, who have been fighting the state since the 1960s, have stepped up attacks on the army in the last year.

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