13 Officials died in two massacres in Colombia

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The killings were believed to be related to drug trafficking. (Representative)

Bogota Colombia:

At least 13 people died in two massacres in different parts of Colombia, the local authorities said on Sunday.

The killings took place in Antioquia department in the northwest and in Cauca in the southwest, areas hit by violence this year.

Since January, Colombia has suffered dozens of massacres – defined as attacks that killed at least three people – making 2020 the worst year since a peace deal was signed with the former guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016).

In the Antioquia town of Betania, five coffee farmers and three other people were killed in a night attack on a farm, the authorities said.

Some “10 heavily armed men … entered a dormitory at Gabriela Farm” and “fired indiscriminately,” Betania Mayor Carlos Villada told AFP.

The killings were believed to be related to drug trafficking.

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In the small town of Argelia in the department of Cauca, at least five people have now died and two have been injured in attacks by the same man in a billiard hall, a bar and a nightclub.

Other recent attacks have also targeted nightspots.

Left rebels of the National Liberation Army (ELN); Dissidents from FARC, the guerrilla group that became a political party with the 2016 peace accord; and drug traffickers have clashed in the region over drug trafficking and illegal mining revenues.

Cauca is on a trade route that connects Central America with the United States.

(This story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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