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Published:Thursday | May 8, 2008 | 5:13 PM

A Colombian army colonel and 14 other soldiers have received prison sentences of up to 54 years for the killing of 10 undercover police officers in 2006.

Former Lieutenant Colonel, Bayron Carvajal, has been given 54 years for ordering the ambush near the southern town of Jamundi.

The BBC reports that an informant, who told the police officers that cocaine was hidden there, lured them to a medical centre.

When the undercover officers arrived, they and the informant were reportedly shot dead.

No drugs were ever found.

The Colonel denied any connection with the incident.

Officials said inquiries have suggested links between Carvajal\'s troops and drug gangs operating in the region.