13 die in two massacres in Colombia: officials

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The murders are said to be linked to drug trafficking. (Representative)

Bogota – Colombia:

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

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

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

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

Some “10 heavily armed men … entered a dormitory on the Gabriela farm” and “fired indiscriminately”, Betania mayor Carlos Villada told TBEN.

The murders are said to be linked to drug trafficking.

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

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Other recent attacks have also targeted nightclubs.

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

Cauca sits along a traffic route connecting Central America with the United States.

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