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COLOMBIAN VIOLENCE TOLL NEAR 10,000 IN '91

Unprecedented fighting between leftist guerrillas and government forces helped cause nearly 10,000 violent deaths in Colombia during 1991's first five months, a record figure, the national police said Tuesday.

Right-wing death squads, leftist terrorism, drug traffickers and common criminals also contributed to the toll, police said.The 9,983 deaths represented 16 percent more than had occurred in the same period last year, the national police statistics center said in a news release.

About 5,000 were reported to have been killed in guerrilla attacks or in fighting between rebels and government forces.