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Abducted soccer players killed

October 26, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Venezuela said at least 10 members of a Colombian amateur soccer team had been found dead after being kidnapped there.

Venezuelan Vice President Ramon Carrizalez told reporters the bullet-riddled bodies were found in various parts of the western state of Tachira, on the border with Colombia. One man survived, while another was still missing, Venezuelan authorities said. The players, said to be tradesmen, were in Venezuela for a game and were kidnapped Oct. 11.

Abductions are rife on both sides of the frontier, where Colombian guerrilla groups, paramilitaries and criminal gangs all operate.

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