Massacre in Colombia leaves at least five dead

Three Venezuelans and two Colombians were killed this Sunday during an attack by armed men on a farm in the northwestern coffee region of Colombia, reported authorities.

“We deeply regret the fact that five people were killed in a violent manner by outsiders,” he said. Jorge Ignacio Castaño, Secretary of Security of the Department of Antioquia.

The massacre occurred on the farm La Bogotana, in the municipality of Betania, in Antioquia. Among the victims are three Venezuelans whose identities are withheld.

“The motives and actors are yet to be established and the initial hypotheses will not be revealed so as not to affect the investigative process that is underway,” said Castaño.

The authorities offered a reward in pesos equivalent to just over 13 thousand dollars for information that helps to capture those responsible.

Colombia has been the scene of massacres since 2020

Since November 2020 there have been three massacres in Bethany, including that of this Sunday, which leaves 15 dead in total, according to the count carried out by the NGO Institute of Studies for Development and Peace (Indepaz)

Colombia “suffers a number of massacres similar to the one that existed before the peace process” signed in 2016 with the defunct guerrilla guerrillas. FARC, lamented José Miguel Vivanco, director for the Americas of the NGO Human Rights Watch, in a tweet.

The police have linked some of the massacres to the dispute waged by armed groups for control of the territory and the internal drug market.

Although the peace agreement alleviated the violence in the Colombian fields, some points are once again under fire from the organizations that finance themselves from drug trafficking and came to replace the former rebels as de facto authorities, in the face of the weak presence of the State.



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