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Colombian election officials snatched

Marxist guerrillas kidnapped 31 election officials and observers in a north-eastern town, casting a shadow over the start of voting in Colombia's elections for a new congress, Reuter reports from Bogota. The Defence Ministry said the rebels from the National Liberation Army snatched the group as it drove out of the town of Carcasi, in Santander province, to organise voting in a nearby rural area.