January 20, 2001 |
Suspected right-wing paramilitary gunmen continued a wave of massacres Friday, killing six people in northwestern Colombia. U.N. human rights monitors said the nation's violence has reached new and more "alarming" heights. Friday's killings occurred in Santa Barbara in Antioquia province. Police gave no details. In a statement Thursday, U.N.
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.
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.
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.
July 1, 1996 |
Masked gunmen fired indiscriminately on people at a bus terminal in Medellin, killing at least 16 and wounding four. In another attack outside the city, four people died when gunmen raided a ranch before dawn. Police suspect the massacre at the bus terminal was carried out by a criminal gang that is feuding with urban militias linked to leftist guerrillas.