Colombia Gunmen Slaughter 12 on Indian Reservation

By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 4:08 AM CDT
Soldiers stand at a camp of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, FARC, after troops faced off with rebels in Puerto Rico, Colombia, last month.   (AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)
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(Newser) – Hooded men killed 12 indigenous victims this morning in a Colombian region notorious for coca plantations and armed rebel activity, BBC reports. At least four children were among family members killed in a dawn raid on an Awa tribal reservation, where both Marxist and right-wing rebels are active. The gunmen demanded to see a woman who purportedly owed them money, then started shooting at "anything that moved," reported a witness.