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New Colombian President, New Clashes

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New clashes with rebel groups in Colombia just weeks into Juan Manuel Santos' presidency.<br /><br />The latest violence costs the lives of 18 police and soldiers and 15 rebels.<br /><br />During a patrol in the southern province of Caqueta 14 officers died from a roadside bomb by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.<br /><br />Four soldiers died in other attacks.<br /><br />A cousin of one of the police officers killed.<br /><br />[Cousin of Dead Police Officer Edwin Silva]:<br />"A guy with dreams, goals, plans. And unfortunately it's another life lost through the actions of fools."<br /><br />In a separate incident the Colombian military bombed another group, the National Liberation Army or ELN, hidden in the forests in the northeast.<br /><br />The ELN is the second largest rebel group with 1500 members to the FARC's 8000.<br /><br />Security is one of the biggest challenges for Santos, a former defence and finance minister.<br /><br />Attacks on election day killed at least 16 people, and nearly 300 police and soldiers this year.<br /><br />He has promised to continue his predecessor's offensive on rebel groups, supported by Washington's military aid.

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