After a bomb exploded in the southern province of Cauca last month, local leaders issued a statement urging both the Colombian government and guerrillas to disarm and leave their communities in peace.
The guerrilla group attacked a military contingent Tuesday, killing two civilians and wounding 10. But the Colombian government says the attack is a sign of the rebels' desperation.
One day after Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez ordered troops sent to the border, Colombia denied Saturday that it had any intention of invading its 'brother country.'
FARC fighters seed country with mines made from common materials that are hard to police.
The leftist militants have launched 'plan rebirth' following a year of withering setbacks.
The embattled guerrillas are attacking urban areas that they had been pushed out of by a sustained military campaign under President Uribe.
The release of four hostages Sunday marks an attempt by FARC to regain public credibility after a devastating year, say analysts.
While his Colombian girlfriend and twin sons wait, American captive Keith Stansell reaches out.