Two children were wounded in the fighting between the army and FARC guerrillas in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca over the weekend, a military spokesman said.

The children were wounded Sunday in a rural area outside the hamlet of Corinto, Task Force Apollo commander Gen. Jorge Humberto Jerez told Colombian radio.

Several residents were trapped between the opposing sides and the children were wounded by explosives fired by Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, rebels, the army said.

Alfonso Cano, the FARC's top leader, was killed on Nov. 4, 2011, in a military and police operation in Cauca that the government hailed as the biggest blow to the FARC in its nearly 50-year history.

Cano, a 63-year-old intellectual who had entered the ranks of the FARC in the early 1980s, was killed in in a remote area of Cauca a few hours after fleeing a bombardment.

Rodrigo Londoño Echeverry, a cardiologist who has belonged to the FARC for 30 years, succeeded Cano.

The FARC and the government began peace talks last month in Oslo and plan to continue the dialogue on Nov. 15 in Havana.

The two sides signed an agreement in which they said their goal was to end the armed conflict that has plagued Colombia for nearly half a century.

The FARC, Colombia's oldest and largest leftist guerrilla group, is on both the U.S. and EU lists of terrorist groups.

Drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping-for-ransom are the FARC's main means of financing its operations. EFE