At least three people died in clashes between armed groups in the Awá indigenous Inda Sabaleta reserve in a rural area of Tumaco municipality in the Colombian state of Nariño.
A leader of the Awá indigenous unit, Rider Pai, has reported the deaths but was unable to specify the circumstances. “I have information, but it’s not clear yet,” he said, according to the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.
“We know there was a confrontation but I still don’t know what happened,” he added after realizing that the public order situation in the affected area was “complicated”.
On August 21, three people were murdered in a nearby area in a dispute over the territory between members of Los Contadores and the Oliver Sinisterra Front, dissidents of the FARC guerrillas.
Over the past month, Colombia has seen a surge in violence in rural areas of the country, which have traditionally been the site of disputes between illegal armed groups over income from illegal crops and drug trafficking routes.