The National Liberation Army (ELN) this Monday denied all responsibility for the massacre in Samaniego, a rural area of the Colombian department of Nariño in the south-west of the country, in which nine young people were murdered and accused, declined to the army and the police to order a Maintain “alliance” with drug trafficking and paramilitary forces.
“In this heavily militarized region there is an alliance between the army and the police with narcotic paramilitary gangs like ‘Los Contadores’. This alliance is actually responsible for the increase in violence, massacres and murders,” denounced the ELN delegation to He is in Havana, Cuba to negotiate peace through a letter.
On August 15, a group of four armed men broke into private property with 50 people, opened fire at random, and murdered nine of them. Authorities are trying to determine if this is a new attack specifically targeted at young activists, such as the one in the city of Cali a few days ago that killed five people.
In the department of Nariño there are at least a dozen organized armed groups who fight coca cultures and drug trafficking in the region, including some factions of dissident factions from the extinct FARC – such as “Los Contadores” – the ELN itself and various paramilitary groups Organizations like the “Clan del Golfo”.