At least three Awá indigenous people have been killed in the last few hours in a new act of violence that took place in the department of Nariño in southwest Colombia following the massacre of eight young people in the municipality of Samaniego.
The indigenous organization CAMAWARI reported in a statement that the events took place on Monday in the Pueblo Viejo indigenous reserve in Nariño. Currently, only three Awá are known to have been killed as the investigation was slowed down due to difficult access.
“I have just spoken to the Mayor of Ricaurte, Eder Burgos, and he told me there would be three deaths but they are waiting for confirmation of that fact,” said Nariño Governor John Rojas.
According to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo, Rojas has indicated that the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) are present in the area, as well as other armed groups involved in drug trafficking.