Authorities said Sunday they have found a mass grave in central Colombia containing 22 remains of presumed members of neo-paramilitary organization “Los Urabeños.”
The mass grave was found in Tauramena, a municipality in the Casanare department.
According to officials of the Prosecutor General’s Office, the bodies may be of members of the paramilitary group “Bloque Centauros” who died in 2004 while clashing with members of the now-defunct paramilitary group of Hector Buitrago, better known as “Martin Llanos.”
Members of the Bloque Centaurus later formed the Urabeños together with members of the ACCU, another group that fell under the command of paramilitary umbrella organization AUC.
Prosecutor investigators told press they had been able to identify 15 of the 22 corpses.
The fighting between Llanos and rival paramilitary groups in the middle of the last decade left thousands of paramilitary fighters dead.