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Colombia clash kills eight troops

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At least eight Colombian soldiers have been killed during fighting with left-wing rebels near the Venezuelan border, officials say.

Troops clashed with guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) in the region of La Guajira in the north-east of the country.

Seven soldiers were killed at the scene and another died later in hospital.

Colombia's Defence Minister Juan Manuel Santos said they were investigating the exact circumstances of the attack.

Colombian President Alvaro Uribe later asked his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez to help capture the rebels, who he says have fled to Venezuela, reports said.

Mr Chavez has regularly denied claims that he supports the Colombian rebels, saying he wants to work for peace.

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