FARC Tortures, Kills 17 Native Colombians
Paramilitary swooped into village, kidnapping pacifist tribesmen
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2009 6:40 AM CST
Members of the FARC, the paramilitary that operates from the Colombia jungle, are said to have kidnapped, tortured and killed 17 native Colombians.   (©claudioruiz)
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(Newser) – The Colombian paramilitary that held Ingrid Betancourt hostage tortured and killed 17 indigenous people who they believed were aiding the government, human rights groups say. CNN reports that FARC members swept into a remote village in southwest Colombia and kidnapped the pacifist Awa Indians, including two minors. One young man escaped to tell how he had been tied up, beaten, and tortured, and had seen many knifed to death.