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Colombia claims 32 rebels killed

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos says a military raid has killed 32 rebels in the country's southern plains in the second major blow in less then a week to the Andean nation's main guerrilla force.

Santos says the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia insurgents were killed before dawn Monday in Vista Hermosa in Meta province, a key municipality in a region of traditional rebel strength.

Last week, the military said it killed 33 rebels in Arauca state near the border with Venezuela.

The rebels took up arms in 1964 but have been badly battered in recent years and are currently seeking peace talks. They have vowed to release their last prisoners in early April.

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