Shots fired at Colombia leftist candidate's convoy

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Associated Press

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 11:32 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 12:33 AM

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombian officials say unidentified gunmen tried to halt a convoy carrying a leftist presidential candidate and exchanged gunfire with its security detail. They say no one was injured.

Sunday's incident involving candidate Aida Avella of the Union Patriotica occurred in the northeastern state of Arauca, where leftist FARC rebels have a strong presence.

Arauca police chief Col. Camilo Alvarez says eight to 10 shots were fired after a motorcycle-borne gunman tried to halt the convoy. He says Avella's vehicle was not hit.

Avella said in a radio interview that she was not aware until afterward that the three-vehicle convoy had come under fire.

The Union Patriotica was the FARC's political wing in the 1980s but right-wing death squads killed more than 3,000 activists.

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