The attack came just two weeks before long-awaited peace talks with President Andres Pastrana. Fighting so close to the capital is rare in this conflict which has raged for nearly four decades. About 500 rebels fought five army battalions supported by helicopter gunships and air force combat planes.
Farc has around 12,000 armed insurgents. It controls an autonomous region the size of Switzerland. The battle was at Gutierrez, which connects Bogota to this jungle region. At least 1.5 million civilians have been displaced by the conflict in the past 15 years.Reuse content