BOGOTA, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) -- The Colombian government on Monday condemned an "ambush" carried out by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla group on police, which killed five officers and injured three others.
Police officers were ambushed by FARC while on duty eradicating illegal crops in the Taraza municipality in the northwestern Department of Antioquia, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said at a press conference.
Pinzon said the police officers "were killed because they were fulfilling their duty to fight drug trafficking" and that FARC's actions only force the government to continue fighting the illegal armed group.
The Colombian National Police said explosive devices and rifles were used to attack the officers. However, the police operation to eradicate illegal coca plants will continue in the region.
The Colombian government and FARC have been engaged in peace talks in Havana, Cuba, since November 2012.