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Colombia Grapples With Police Unit Killing

Seven elite anti-kidnapping police agents and four informants were headed toward a remote town in southwest Colombia when their convoy was intercepted by an army platoon apparently searching for a right-wing militia trafficking half a ton of cocaine. The men in charge of the two units allegedly spoke for several minutes before shooting started on March 19. The elite agents in the convoy and the four informants were killed, body parts found 30 yards away. A regular officer and a civilian were the only survivors from the convoy shooting in Guaitarilla, 340 miles southwest of Bogota. But Colombia’s Attorney General Luis Camilo Osorio has publicly acknowledged that the police and the military have given differing accounts of the events and that his office has been unable to reconcile the two versions. He refused to discuss what each side said. Full Story

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