Death squad executes at least 11 people in Colombia
BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) -- Heavily armed men, suspected of
belonging to a right-wing paramilitary group, shot dead at least 11 people in
a pre-dawn attack on a town in northern Colombia, police said Tuesday.
Witnesses said men dressed in military-style uniforms arrived in the town
Villanueva, near Colombia's border with Venezuela, at about 4 a.m., carrying
lists of suspected leftist guerrilla collaborators. The men dragged their victims
into the street and shot them with pistols and automatic rifles, police said.
A hospital worker said two boys, between 11 and 15 years old, were among
The killings were the second massacre in Colombia in less than a week.
peasants were killed Thursday night when men in black uniforms stormed into
another north Colombian village.
Top paramilitary leaders pledged last week they would observe a three-week
Christmas and New Year cease-fire beginning December 20.
Human rights activists say the right-wing paramilitary groups are given
rein by Colombia's armed forces to kill leftists and suspected rebel
They are accused of committing most of the human rights violations in a
long-running internal conflict, which has claimed 35,000 lives in the last
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.