Suspected FARC guerrillas killed one police officer and wounded two others in an ambush in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca, officials said Saturday.

The Padilla town mayor, Armando Mina, told reporters that the incident took place Friday night when suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, ambushed a police patrol.

He said the rebels fired on officers who had set up a police checkpoint on a road in the area.

Mina condemned the bloodshed and its disturbance of the town's traditional peacefulness, generally in stark contrast to the violence in other places around Cauca province.

The injured were sent to Cali, capital of the neighboring province of Valle del Cauca.

The FARC has battled a succession of governments since the mid-1960s. EFE