Alert for Colombia
Car bomb kills eight in south-west - 8 December 2013:
A car bomb has killed at least eight people at a police station in the south-western state of Cauca. The Colombian security forces claim that the left-wing guerrilla group FARC were behind the attack in the Inza municipality, which killed five soldiers, a police officer and two civilians.
Government reaches political deal with FARC rebels - 7 November 2013:
The Colombian government has moved a step closer to a peace agreement with the left-wing paramilitary group FARC. The two sides reached a "fundamental agreement" on the rebels' role in a future political arangement, which would pave the way for the group to enter Colombian politics after nearly 50 decades of armed conflict.
FARC rebels release US hostage - 27 October 2013:
Members of the FARC rebel group have released a US hostage, four months after seizing him. Kevin Scott Sutay, a former Marine, was hiking through a remote southern jungle region to Brazil when he was captured in June.
Colombian governor arrested over gang ties - 14 October 2013:
A provincial governor has been arrested on charges of murder and conspiracy, while he is also being investigated for links to right-wing paramilitary groups. Juan Francisco 'Kiko' Gomez, the governor of La Guajira province, is accused of murdering a number of political rivals, including Luis Lopez Peralta in 1997.
FARC guerrillas killed in army clashes - 2 October 2013:
Three FARC guerrillas have been killed in clashes with the Colombian army in the northern municipality of Tierralta. According to a military spokesman the rebels were killed by members of the Nudo de Paramilo task force in the La Changa area.
Bogota bar stampede leaves six dead - 16 September 2013:
At least six people have been killed in a stampede at a crowded bar in the Colombian capital, Bogota. The stampede was sparked when police officers raided the bar in the early hours of Sunday morning. According to local reports some 180 people were in the bar which has a capacity of 30.
Troops deployed to Bogota following protests - 30 August 2013:
President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the military to deploy troops in the capital, Bogota, following a series of violent protests. At least two people died in the unrest in the city, which began as a rural strike by farmers before spreading across the country.
Santos prepared to enter peace talks with ELN rebels - 30 August 2013:
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos has said that his government is prepared to enter into peace talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN). The rebel group, the country's second largest behind FARC, has recently suggested that they want to negotiate an end to the conflict - including releasing a Canadian national kidnapped back in January.
FARC kills 13 Colombian soldiers ahead of peace talks - 27 August 2013:
At least 13 Colombian soldiers have been killed in an ambush by suspected FARC rebels in the eastern province of Arauca. The incident comes ahead of the latest round of peace talks between the government and the rebel group in the Cuban capital, Havana.
Deadly grenade attack reported in Cucuta - 22 July 2013:
At least one person has been killed and more than 20 others wounded after a grenade exploded at nightclub in the north-eastern city of Cucuta. Local police are investigating whether the incident, the seventh such attack this year, is related to the drug gangs who operate in the region.
Soldiers killed in FARC ambush - 22 July 2013:
An ambush by suspected FARC rebels has left 15 Colombian soldiers dead in the eastern Arauca region. The troops were guarding a pipeline when they were attacked by a group of around 70 rebel fighters.
Colombia kidnapping: Spanish tourists freed by Police - 15 June 2013:
Two kidnapped Spanish tourists have been rescued by police in Colombia while two people suspected of trying to collect a ransom have been held in Spain. It is unclear who was responsible for the kidnapping.
ELN ambush leaves 10 soldiers dead - 23 May 2013:
At least 10 Colombian soldiers have been killed and six wounded in an ambush in Chitaga in the north-eastern Norte de Santander department. The regional divisional commander said that another solider was believed to have been abducted by the rebels.
Spanish tourists kidnapped near Venezuelan border - 22 May 2013:
Two Spanish tourists have been kidnapped while driving in the La Guajira department in north-eastern Colombia. The Spanish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation confirmed that the couple were abducted on Friday, while Spanish media reported that the kidnappers had contacted the family and had demanded a ransom. The group identified themselves as members of the guerrilla group FARC; however, the group have not claimed responsibility.
Coffee growers clash with police across Colombia - 26 February 2013:
Thousands of coffee growers have clashed with police in a series of protests across Colombia. The UN has called for dialogue between the government and workers, who are demanding greater financial support for their industry.
Colombian soldiers killed by FARC rebels - 14 February 2013:
At least seven Colombian soldiers have been killed during clashes with the FARC rebel group in the southern province of Caqueta. It is the largest loss of life for the army since peace talks between FARC and the government began late last year.
FARC kill four soldiers ahead of peace talks - 31 January 2013:
Colombia's FARC rebels have killed four soldiers in the south of the country, ahead of the latest round of peace talks in Cuba. Five rebels were also killed in a separate military operation in the northern town of Nudo Paramillo.
FARC rebels end two-month long ceasefire - 20 January 2013:
The FARC rebel group have ended their two-month long ceasefire, with the group's chief negotiator saying "with pain in my heart, we have to admit that we return to the stage of war that nobody wants". The Colombian government have accused the rebels of using peace talks as an opportunity to rearm.
Mine workers kidnapped by ELN rebels - 18 January 2013:
Five mine workers have been kidnapped by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in northern Colombia. The victims. who include a Canadian national and two Peruvians, were taken during a dawn raid by a group of more than 20 rebel fighters. The government has said that security forces have been deployed to rescue the workers.
FARC rebels killed in military operations - 01 January 2013:
At least 13 FARC rebels have been killed during an operation by the Colombian military in the north-western province of Antioquia. The rebels, who were based in the town of Chigorodo, were reportedly members of the Front 5 unit.
Five killed by Neiva landslide, 25 others missing - 30 December 2012:
Five people have been killed in a landslide near the south-western city of Neiva, while rescue teams are searching for 25 other people who are missing. Hundreds of troops, fire-fighters and paramedics have been dispatched to the area to assist in the rescue effort.
Security forces target FARC camp - 03 December 2012:
At least 20 FARC rebels have been killed after the Colombian military targeted a camp in the Narino province. It is the first significant operation against the guerrilla group since peace talks began in October.
FACR declares two-month ceasefire ahead of talks - 19 November 2012:
Colombia's main militant group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), have declared a unilateral two-month ceasefire as they begin peace talks with the government. The landmark talks are being held in the Cuban capital Havana, and are aimed at ending a conflict which started almost 50 years ago.
Colombian farm workers killed in north-west - 08 November 2012:
A group of 10 farm workers have been shot dead by a criminal gang in the north-western province of Antioquia. A survivor of the attack said that the gang had been attempting to extort money from the farm's foreman. According to the mayor of Santa Rosa there has been a significant rise in extortion in recent months.
Police officers killed in rebel ambush - 30 October 2012:
Six Colombian police officers have been killed in an ambush by suspected FARC rebels in the south-west of the country. The officers were killed while on patrol in the Cauca province.
Supermarket blast kills two in northern Colombia - 24 October 2012:
At least two people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a supermarket in the northern city of Santa Marta. According to local police the attacker threw a grenade into the supermarket.
FARC militants kill soldiers in Putumayo ambush - 21 October 2012:
Five Colombian soldiers have been killed in an ambush by FARC militants in the Putumayo region. The attack took place on Friday night near the town of Puerto Assis, which is located close to the border with Ecuador.
Street vendors clash with police - 02 October 2012:
Disenchanted street vendors have clashes with police in downtown Medellin after local officials failed to turn up to discuss trading rights. The protesters smashed shop windows and threw missiles at police; the security forces responded with tear gas and water cannons.
Popayan bombing wounds six - 31 August 2012:
Six people have been wounded at around 100 houses damaged after a 150-pound bomb exploded in the south-western city of Popayan. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, FARC militants are suspected of planting the bomb.
FARC rebels destroy bridge in San Vicente - 20 July 2012:
Members of the rebel group FARC have destroyed a bridge in the southern town of San Vicente in Caqueta province. No injuries were reportedly injured in the blast; however, the town is now only accessible by air or by an unpaved road.
FARC attack kills five oil workers - 04 July 2012:
An attack by FARC militants has left at least five oil workers dead in the southern department of Putumayo. According to the Colombian army FARC guerrillas from the 32nd Front carried out the attack.
Gunmen kill five in south-west Colombia - 01 July 2012:
Five suspected members of the drug trafficking group Los Rastrojos have been shot dead in south-western Colombia. The attack, by suspected FARC gunmen, took place at a bar in the restive town of Tumaco.
Four killed in FARC attack - 04 June 2012:
Two civilians and two police officers have been killed in an attack by FARC guerrillas in southern Colombia. Two children were also wounded in the incident in the town of La Montanita in Caqueta province.
French journalist freed in Colombia - 31 May 2012:
French journalist Romeo Langlois has been released by FARC rebels, a month after he was kidnapped. He was captured while filming military operations in the Caqueta region on southern Colombia.
Soldiers killed by FARC militants - 22 May 2012:
At least 12 Venezuelan troops have been killed in an attack by FARC militants in northern Colombia. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said the soldiers were deployed to prevent rebels from crossing into his country.
Former hostage accused of planning his own kidnapping - 21 May 2012:
Sigifredo Lopez, a FARC hostage for seven years, has been accused of being behind his own kidnapping. Mr Lopez was part of a group of 12 provincial legislators who were seized in Cali in April 2002. He has not yet been charged, with prosecutors saying that their investigation is continuing.
Two killed in Bogota bombing - 16 May 2012:
Two people have been killed after a bomb exploded in the Colombian capital Bogota. The blast appeared to have been targeting against the former Interior Minister Fernando Londono, a prominent right-wing politician.
French journalist kidnapped in Colombia - 29 April 2012:
A French journalist is reported to have been kidnapped by FARC rebels in Colombia. Romeo Langlois was captured during clashes between the Colombian troops and FARC rebels, which also left three soldiers and a police officer dead.
US tourist killed in Medellin - 27 April 2012:
A US tourist has been killed during a robbery at a hostel in the Colombian city of Medellin. Local reports claim that a group of three robbers entered the El Tamarindo hostel in the El Poblado district of the city before shooting dead the tourist and escaping with valuables.
Final political militants released by FARC - 03 April 2012:
The final 10 political hostages have been released by FARC rebels in Colombia. The group, composed of both police and military hostages, were collected from a remote region of the Brazilian jungle.
FARC rebels killed in military raid - 26 March 2012:
At least 35 FARC rebels have been killed after Colombia's armed forces carried out a raid on a jungle base in the central Mata region. President Juan Manuel Santos has said that there will be no negotiations with the left-wing group until it releases all remaining hostages and ends all military operations.
Colombian soldiers killed in FARC ambush - 18 March 2012:
At least 10 Colombian soldiers have been killed in an ambush by rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The attack occurred in a remote area of Arauquita, close to the south-east border with Venezuela.
FARC vows to release remaining hostages - 26 February 2012:
The FARC military group says it will release the remaining 10 'political prisoners' that it is holding as hostages. Many of the hostages, all of whom are members of Colombia's security forces, have been held for more than 10 years.
Army uncovers three tonnes of FARC explosives - 13 February 2012:
The Colombian security forces have uncovered an abandoned FARC camp in the the south of the country, seizing more than three tonnes of explosives and a huge arsenal of weapons. The police said they were tipped off by rebels who had recently surrendered.
Rebels attack police station in Tumaco - 02 February 2012:
At least seven people have been killed and a further 70 injured after rebels attacked a police station in the southern city of Tumaco. Police officials have claimed that members of the FARC paramilitary group were responsible for the attack.
Bomb attack on police station kills two - 31 December 2011:
The wife and infant son of a local police commander have been killed after suspected FARC militants attacked a police station in southern Colombia. Around 17 people were also injured in the incident in the town of Orito.
Neiva bomb attack injures 10 - 04 December 2011:
Six police officers and four civilians have been injured after a bomb attack on a police convoy in the central city of Neiva. Members of the FARC rebel group are believed to be responsible for the attack.
FARC rebels kill four hostages during army raid - 27 November 2011:
FARC rebels killed four hostages as Colombian troops approached their position in the southern region of Caqueta. All of the hostages were members of the security forces had been in captivity for more than 12 years. A fifth hostage was found alive.
FARC leader killed by Colombian army - 06 November 2011:
The leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Alfonso Cano, has been killed by the Colombian army in the Cauca department. He had taken command of the group in 2008 following the death of Manuel Marulanda Velez.
FARC ringleader killed in north-west - 02 November 2011:
An alleged ringleader from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has been killed following an operation by the Seventh Division of the Colombian Army. Ramiro Antonio Montoya Moreno, known as "Ramirito," was killed in the raid, while three more members of the group were captured.
Two police officers killed in Bogota - 26 October 2011:
Two Colombian police officers have been killed in Bogota while attempting to defuse a bomb outside a government building in the city. The attack comes just a few days before the countries regional and municipal elections are scheduled to take place.
FARC attacks leave 20 soldiers dead - 23 October 2011:
Rebels belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have killed at least 20 Colombia soldiers in two attacks. On Friday 10 soldiers were killed in the southern Narino province when their vehicles hit landmines, while another 10 were killed in an ambush in the eastern province of Arauca on Saturday.
Student protests turn violent in Bogota - 12 October 2011:
Riot police have clashed with student protesters in the capital Bogota after a 30,000 strong march turned violent. Five officers were wounded after protesters threw stones, bottles and small explosive devices at riot police.
Armed forces clash with rebel fighters - 11 October 2011:
Colombian armed forces have clashed with rebel fighters close to the countries northern border with Venezuela, leaving 11 insurgents and seven soldiers dead. Elsewhere seven soldiers were killed in an ambush by FARC rebels in the south-western province of Cauca.
Colombian mayor kidnapped in Cauca - 27 July 2011:
A mayor from the south-western province of Cauca has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen. The car he was travelling in was held up by a group of armed men on the highway between San Sebastian and Santa Rosa.
Car bomb wounds 17 in Popayan - 20 June 2011:
At least 17 people have been injured by a car bomb in the city of Popayan. Local police had stopped the car following a tip-off, believing that its intended destination was the cities main square. The driver of the car, who was arrested at the scene, is reported to be a member of the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrilla group.
FARC rebels increase attacks - 14 June 2011:
FARC rebels have clashed with Colombian security forces in the south-west of the country. The rebels targeted an army checkpoint in the Caqueta province, killing two people and injuring ten more.
Guerrillas kidnap Chinese oil workers - 09 June 2011:
Members of the FARC rebel group have kidnapped three Chinese oil workers and their translator in the southern Caqueta province of Colombia.
Protests against education reform - 07 April 2011:
Thousands of students and teachers have demonstrated across Colombia to oppose education reforms. Riot police used tear gas to disperse crowds in the capital, Bogota and in the city of Pereira.
FARC rebels killed by security forces - 25 March 2011:
At least 10 FARC rebels have been killed by Colombian security forces in western Colombia. Four FARC operatives are also reported to have been captured in the operation.
Six killed in suspected FARC attack - 19 March 2011:
Three civilians and three police officers are reported to have been killed in an attack blamed on FARC rebels. The incident occurred in the north-east province of Norte de Santander when rebels attacked a local police station with homemade bombs.
Colombian military kills FARC leader - 16 March 2011:
The Colombian military have killed a FARC leader in an operation close to the border with Ecuador. The rebel leader, known as "Oliver Solarte", had allegedly managed drug and arms trafficking for the rebel group.
Oil workers released by FARC rebels - 08 March 2011:
22 of the 23 oil workers kidnapped on Monday by suspected FARC rebels have been released.
Oil workers kidnapped by suspected FARC rebels - 08 March 2011:
At least 23 oil workers have been kidnapped by suspected FARC rebels in a remote jungle area in the east of the country. The workers, employed by a Canadian oil company, had been taken from the jungle on Monday and the Colombian army have been attempting to secure the groups release.
Extensive flooding kills 300 - 16 December 2010:
Heavy rains have caused extensive flooding throughout Colombia, killing at least 300 people and affecting over two million.
Car bomb kills four in Colombia - 30 November 2010:
Three police officers and a civilian were killed after a car bomb exploded near a police station in southern Colombia. At least 16 other people were injured in the incident which is suspected to have been carried out by FARC.
FARC attacks kill six in south-west Colombia - 29 November 2010:
Four civilians and two members of the security forces were killed on Saturday in a series of attacks by FARC militants.
Rebel ambush leaves three police officers dead - 23 November 2010:
At least three police officers have been killed and several others injured following an ambush by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) militants in the south-western town of Morales.
State of emergency after severe flooding - 21 November 2010:
The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, has declared a state of emergency in 28 of the country's 32 districts due to severe flooding. Heavy rain has caused severe problems throughout the country and has left at least 136 people dead and more than 200 injured.
Colombian military target FARC militants - 15 November 2010:
The Colombian military has killed at least 13 FARC militants in an airstrike near the border with Ecuador in southern Colombia. The airstrike is part of a wider military initiative to target FARC which was instigated by President Juan Manuel Santos in August 2010.
Two police officers killed in suspected FARC attack - 28 October 2010:
Two police officers have been killed in an armed attack on a highway checkpoint in the north-eastern Arauca region. Three civilians were also injured in the incident which is believed to have been carried out by members of FARC.
FARC issues threat to foreign embassies - 20 October 2010:
Security has been tightened around a number of foreign embassies in Bogota after FARC issued an imminent threat against foreign embassies in the capital.