Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrillas ambushed a police patrol in the southern part of the country, killing six officers and wounding one, a police spokesman told Efe.

The attack occurred on Monday in a rural area between the towns of Padilla and Villa Rica in Cauca province.

The officers - a second lieutenant and seven patrolmen - belonged to a special traffic unit and were riding motorcycles.

The ambush occurred as the government and the FARC prepare for the second round of a dialogue in Havana.

Eight officers were in the patrol, which was attacked by the FARC's 6th Front, Cauca Gov. Temistocles Ortega said.

The FARC, Colombia's oldest and largest leftist guerrilla group, was founded in 1964 and operates across a large swath of this Andean nation. EFE