13 Die in two massacres in Colombia: Authorities

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The murders were believed to be linked to drug trafficking. (Representative)

Bogota, Colombia:

Officials said two massacres in different parts of Colombia killed at least 13 people.

The killings occurred in the Department of Antioquia in the northwest and Kaka in the southwest, with violence this year causing great difficulty in the areas.

Since January, Colombia has suffered dozens of massacres – defined as attacks in which at least three people were killed – in 2016 in a 2016 peace deal with former guerrillas of Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces Worst year since signing. ).

In the town of Antioquia, Bettiah, five coffee growers and three others were killed in an overnight attack on a farm, officials said.

“Some heavily armed men … entered a dormitory at Gabriella’s farm and fired indiscriminately,” Mayor of Betia Carlos Vilada told AFP.

The murders were believed to be linked to drug trafficking.

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Meanwhile, in the small town of Argalia in the Kaka Department, attacks by the same man in a pool hall, a bar and a discotheque killed at least five people and injured two.

Other recent attacks have also targeted nightspace.

Leftist rebels of the National Liberation Army (ELN); Disgruntled members of the FARC, the guerrilla group that became a political party with the 2016 peace deal; And narco-traffickers have clashed in the area over revenue from drug trafficking and illegal mining.

Cauca connects Central America to the US with a smuggling route.

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