Colombia says FARC plotted to kill ex-president Uribe

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Former Colombian president Alvaro Uribe speaks in Asuncion on September 19, 2013Colombia accused the leftist FARC guerrilla group Tuesday of plotting to kill former president Alvaro Uribe, a vehement critic of peace talks with the rebels. Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon said he had met with Uribe "to inform him of the detection of a plan by the FARC's Teofilo Forero Mobile Column to make an attempt on his life." Pinzon said President Juan Manuel Santos ordered authorities "to guarantee the security and integrity of the former head of state and protect him, as well as to get those responsible for these threats." Uribe, now 61, waged a fierce war against the FARC during his presidency from 2002 to 2010, reducing Colombia's largest leftist rebel group by half and confining it to remote areas of the country.

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