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Friday, 18 October, 2002, 15:45 GMT 16:45 UK
In pictures: Battle for Colombian city
Colombian President Alvaro Uribe has ordered troops to retake control of the country's second city, Medellin, from left-wing rebels and right-wing paramilitaries fighting over it.

However, many civilians have been caught up in the crossfire following the surprise attack.

Colombian soldiers patrol Medellin
President Uribe sent 3,000 soldiers and police to wrest back control of Medellin.

Security forces raid a house in Medellin
The slum area of Comuna 13 was targeted in raids to round up rebels and paramilitaries.

An injured girl is taken for treatment in Medellin
Civilians were caught up in the street battles which killed 25 and injured another 25, including a four-year-old girl.

A mother weeps after her son is arrested
Arrests were made during Operation Orion, which upset many residents of Colombia's second-largest city.

Suspected rebels are detained in Medellin
Suspected left-wing rebels and right-wing paramilitaries - who have fought over Medellin - were rounded up.

Residents carry a sheet to show they are peaceful in Medellin
Human rights groups say between 300 and 400 people have been killed in fighting in Medellin this year.

Residents watch a patrol in Medellin
A curfew has now been imposed amid warnings that emergency measures could last for months.

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