January 5, 2001 |
Suspected far-right paramilitaries killed 11 people in northwestern Colombia in the first massacre of the new year in the conflict-torn nation, police said. Police in Bogota, the capital, said the victims were shot dead in Wednesday's attack in a rural area near the town of Yolombo in Antioquia state, which is the scene of frequent battles between paramilitaries and leftist guerrillas for territorial control.
September 29, 2000
A military criminal tribunal has cleared 17 of the 31 Colombian soldiers linked to an army ambush of a school group in which six children were shot dead, authorities said Thursday. "There is technical evidence to prove they did not fire their weapons and that they were in a place from which it was impossible to shoot at the children," an armed forces spokesman said. The 14 other soldiers remain under investigation.
August 28, 2000 |
Gunmen killed at least 17 people in two separate massacres, one of which officials attributed to right-wing paramilitary militias. The killings come three days before President Clinton is to visit Colombia. In one attack, gunmen executed 10 residents of two neighborhoods in the Caribbean coastal town of Cienaga, police said. Meanwhile, suspected rightist gunmen raided two barrios outside the Pacific port of Buenaventura, killing seven people.
April 7, 2000 |
Suspected paramilitary gunmen executed 21 unarmed residents of a small town in an oil- and cocaine-producing region near the Venezuelan border Thursday, officials said. The shootings by the men, most in camouflage uniforms, occurred in two poor barrios of Tibu, said Ruben Sanchez, the local delegate of the federal human rights ombudsman's office. Police confirmed his account.
September 3, 1999 |
President Andres Pastrana on Thursday dismissed an army general accused of failing to prevent the massacre of 36 villagers by rightist militiamen, who had warned for months that they would carry out the killings. With paramilitary violence rising, U.S. officials and leftist rebels have been demanding that Pastrana clamp down on military officers who have supported the right-wing militias. Washington is weighing a major increase in police and military aid to Colombia, but U.S.
December 9, 1998 |
A suspected right-wing squad killed at least 11 people in a predawn attack on Villanueva, a town in Colombia's northernmost Guajira province. Police spokesmen said the attackers, about 40 gunmen in combat fatigues, dragged the 11 victims, including two boys, out of their homes and shot them execution-style in the street. The killings were the second since last week involving suspected right-wing paramilitary groups.