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December 19, 1985

Colombia's Defense Minister Miguel Vega Uribe announced that 78 bodies showing signs of torture have been found over the past week in common graves in a remote mountain region of southeastern Colombia. Authorities in Tacueyo, in Cauca province, estimated the total might number more than 100. Forensic experts said the bodies showed signs of torture and that most of the victims had been strangled or hanged. Colombia's M-19 leftist guerrillas issued a statement in which they accused another rebel group, Ricardo Franco, of having carried out the massacre.

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