Massacre leaves 11 people dead in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Eleven villagers were found shot to death along
a dirt road in Colombia on Friday, a day after allegedly being kidnapped by a
right-wing paramilitary group.
The corpses of the seven men and four women turned up outside Barbosa,
rural town 18 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of the country's second-largest
Paramilitary fighters abducted the group from Barbosa on Thursday, accusing
them of being guerrilla collaborators, Medellin police spokesman Haten Dasuki
The victims were selected with the help of a female guerrilla who had been
captured by the paramilitary group and brought to the town, Dasuki said.
Television images from Barbosa showed the bodies littered about a dirt
road. Several houses
were spray painted with the letters AUC -- the Spanish acronym of the United Self-Defense
Forces of Colombia, a national paramilitary umbrella organization.
The group has not claimed responsibility
Paramilitary squads with reported links to the Colombian military stand
accused in the majority
of the mass killings committed annually in the South American country's 36-year armed conflict.
Amid escalating violence, at least 1,389 noncombatants died in massacres through August
of this year, according to statistics from the federal human rights ombudsman.
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