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Colombian Spy Official Is Slain

September 06, 2002|From Associated Press

BOGOTA, Colombia — Gunmen on motorcycles killed the new chief of secret police in a violence-ridden Colombian province Thursday as he drove his car in Medellin.

Fernando Mancilla was recently appointed the head of Colombia's secret police, known as the DAS, for the province of Antioquia. Medellin, Colombia's second-largest city, is the provincial capital.

The gunmen fired repeatedly into Mancilla's red Mazda as he drove through a residential neighborhood during the morning rush hour, witnesses said.

Mancilla was a prosecutor in Antioquia in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

He had planned to travel to the capital, Bogota, later Thursday to be formally named chief of the DAS for Antioquia.

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