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Colombia: drug-related massacre leaves 6 dead

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Colombian special prosecutors inspect packs of cocaine seized in Bahia Malaga on the Pacific coast in this May 1, 2007. REUTERS/Carlos Duran

BOGOTA (NNN -Telesur) – Six men were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a Colombian area known for cocaine trafficking, in an apparent confrontation between groups dedicated to the illegal drugs trade, an army official said.

The massacre took place on Monday in a rural area of Mapiripan, in southeastern Meta province, a region where criminal gangs frequently clash over trafficking, the commander of the army’s seventh brigade, General Jairo Alejandro Fuentes, said.

President Ivan Duque condemned the killings and ordered troops to the area to investigate.

In 2017, there were 10 massacres across Colombia that left 47 people dead, according to the Ministry of Defense.

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