At least nine killed in violent incidents in Colombia


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At least nine people have been killed in two attacks by armed individuals in recent hours in Colombia, authorities said.

Five people were killed early Sunday morning in an attack by armed individuals on a house in the municipality of La Union, in the department of Valle del Cauca.

«We have confirmed that some subjects killed five people who were living in a house and we are verifying the status of five more people who were injured. We are already advancing the investigation with the departmental authorities, between today and tomorrow we will have an extraordinary security council», explained the mayor of La Union, William Palomino, in declarations to the public radio station RNC.

The authorities are already investigating the motives and perpetrators of the massacre. The injured people are being treated at the hospital of La Union.

On the other hand, four people have died and two more have been wounded in Barbacoas, Nariño state, when subjects with long-range weapons shot at several people who were in a billiard room.

The mayor of Barbacoas, Adam Rincón, has reported that a Security Council has been convened to take measures following this violent event. «With the presence of police, army, navy and the Technical Investigation Corps (CTI) to clarify the facts, we are confirming the identities and apparently the deceased are members of the Awá community,» said Rincón.

The Secretary of Government of Nariño, Amilcar Pantoja, stated that «these facts reflect the urgent need that the department of Nariño has for total peace and the commitment of this new government to find a concerted and negotiated solution to these difficulties».

Pantoja highlighted the situation of violence in the territory, with massive displacements, threats and now these new murders.


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