Marxist guerrillas in Colombia murdered a young teacher in the north-western town of Cocorna, six days after they kidnapped her and demanded her father kill one of their paramilitary enemies. Ana Cecilia Duque, 31, was found dead by the side of a road on Saturday with a bullet wound to the back of the head. The nature of the killing has stunned Colombians and provoked a furious denunciation of the rebels from the President, Alvaro Uribe, who called the killing an act of madness. Hostage taking and murders have been rife in Colombia for almost four decades, as left-wing guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) and the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN) have fought right-wing paramilitary factions and government forces. Thousands of people have died in the fighting and there were at least 3,000 kidnappings last year. Full Story
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