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Gunmen Kill Colombian Reporter in Arauca

Gunmen killed a Colombian print and radio journalist outside his office in the turbulent eastern state of Arauca on Tuesday. Luis Eduardo Alfonso Parada, 27, was the second reporter with Radio Meridiano-70 killed in the past year. He also was a correspondent for El Tiempo, the Bogota-based daily that is Colombia’s most widely read newspaper. Parada spoke with his assailants after arriving at the radio station in the state capital, also called Arauca, early Tuesday. He tried to flee but was shot dead, police Col. Luis Alcides Morales told The Associated Press. Morales said the killers got away on motorcycles and a witness gave descriptions of them. Many journalists working in Arauca have been threatened by both leftist rebels and their right-wing paramilitary foes fighting for control of the oil-rich state. The director of the radio station, Efrain Varela, was killed in June after he reported on the arrival of the outlawed paramilitaries in the state capital. Full Story

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