Colombia suspends peace talks with ELN rebels over bombings

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Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is suspending talks with the country’s last remaining rebel group after a series of bombings over the weekend killed seven police officers

The next round of the year-old talks between the government and National Liberation Army had been expected to begin in the coming days in Ecuador.

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Five officers were killed and dozens more were injured Saturday when a homemade bomb exploded outside a police station in Barranquilla during a shift change. Two more died hours later from two separate bomb attacks on police targets near the coastal city.

The ELN issued a statement Monday expressing support for the peace talks and the re-establishment of a cease-fire that expired this month. But it says its military actions will continue in the absence of any agreement.

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