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Colombia mayors killed by rebels

Left-wing rebels in Colombia have killed two local mayors in the southeastern state of Cauca, reports say. The state governor said four mayors were called to Monday’s meeting by rebels from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in a secret mountainous hideout to explain their alleged ties to right-wing paramilitaries. Witnesses said the mayor of Bolivar, Orlando Hoyos, was killed by the rebels as he tried to escape. They said the other three mayors fled in a vehicle, but one of them – the mayor of Santa Rosa, Jaime Jair Zambrano – was found dead a few hours later. The commander of Colombia’s armed forces, General Jorge Enrique Mora, was quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying that Mr Zambrano was killed by members of a smaller rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN). Full Story

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