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Massacre in Ecuador is Probed

Ecuadorian authorities have been unable to reach a remote jungle area where about 30 Amazonian Indians were killed by a rival community last week. Police reported that more than 30 Indians from the Tagueri community were killed by a group of Huaoranis, from the Tiguino clan, in the jungle province of Pastaza, southeast of Quito on the Peruvian border. Women and children were among those killed, police said. “The killers of the Tagueri are believed to be Huaorani from the Tiguino community, whose warrior chief is Omene Ima,” according to a bulletin issued by the Ecuadorian Amazon Huaorani Nationality Organization (ONHAE). “It is believed that Omene entered the Tagueri zone carrying the head of an old warrior.” Local police are not hopeful of arresting those responsible for the massacre. “The people who did this know the jungle so well that they will have disappeared into it by now,” police spokesman Manuel Sarmiento said. “From what we have been able to tell from a video filmed from a helicopter, the victims were killed and then the cabin they lived in was burned.” Full Story

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