Seven policemen were killed and five more injured on Tuesday by guerrilla fighters who ambushed a police patrol in northwestern Colombia on Tuesday.
The attack was carried out by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), the country's largest guerrilla group, in Tierradentro in the department of Cordoba, some 260 miles northeast of the capital, Bogota.
General Rodolfo Palomino, head of the National Police, said the rebels launched explosives at a truck that was carrying 14 police officers – five of the officers were killed, five seriously injured and two were uninjured.
The attack comes as the Colombian government and the FARC are engaged in peace talks in Havana, Cuba to put an end to the over 50 years of fighting in the country.
The talks began in November of 2012, but violence has continued in the country as both sides agreed not to hold a cease-fire during the negotiations.
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos reiterated this decision last Wednesday, saying he would not agree on a cease-fire until a peace agreement has been reached.
Since the fighting between the Colombian government, right wing paramilitary groups and leftist rebels began in the 1960s, over 200,000 people have been killed and millions displaced.