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Colombia to Pay Bombing Damages

A tribunal holds the military responsible for a 1998 raid in Santo Domingo that killed 18 civilians and awards $725,000 to survivors. A regional court has ordered the Colombian government to pay $725,000 in damages to villagers who survived a 1998 cluster-bomb attack by the military, the judge presiding in the case said Wednesday. The long-awaited ruling marked a moral victory for dozens of townspeople from the scruffy hamlet of Santo Domingo in the northeastern province of Arauca who found themselves caught in a Colombian military offensive against leftist guerrillas. Eighteen people, including several children, perished when a Colombian air force helicopter, whose crew members later alleged that they were guided by U.S. civilian contractors, dropped the cluster bomb over Santo Domingo’s only paved road.Full Story

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