Colombia: air force bombs marijuana growers?
Some 20 FARC guerillas are dead and 30 more injured in ongoing clashes over the past week at the Colombian village of Chaparral, Tolima department, officials say. High casualties were reportedly due to aerial bombardment of rebel positions by Colombian warplanes. Authorities said the clashes began when army troops occupied Chaparral in response to the deaths of several soldiers stationed there by FARC landmines. National Police also announced the confiscation Feb. 13 of 5.2 tons of marijuana that had allegedly belonged to the local FARC column. (DPA, Feb. 15)