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Suspected Colombian Rebels Kill 34 People

Suspected leftist rebels raided a ranch in one of Colombia’s biggest cocaine-producing regions, tied up 34 farm workers with the hammocks they had been sleeping in, and gunned them all down, officials said. Authorities did not yet have a motive for the attack on Tuesday near La Gabarra, a local mayor, Taiz Ortega, told The Associated Press by telephone. The town is 310 miles northeast of the capital, Bogota. The attack appeared to be the work of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Colombia’s largest guerrilla group, which has been fighting to topple the government for 40 years. Ortega said the victims apparently worked in fields of coca — the raw ingredient in cocaine — but that the ranch also produced cocoa, the main ingredient for chocolate, and other agricultural products. Full Story

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