Six paramilitaries were executed by a rival drug gang in south Colombia, local authorities say.
The six were on a bus from Pasto to Tumaco, both in Nariño, when the bus was stopped by armed men.
The passengers were told to leave the bus and the driver was told to drive on. The six men were later found dead on the side of the same road.
Earlier, Nariño police commander William Alberto Montezuma had said the victims were traveling salesmen who were on their way to the canceled carnival of Tumaco, that recently was flooded by the river Mira.
Nariño governor expressed his concern over the massacre and asked for help from the National Government in confronting the high number of homicides in the department bordering Ecuador.
Nariño, one of the most important departments for Colombia’s coca production and drug trafficking, has a high presence of many of the country’s illegal armed groups. Aside the FARC and ELN, reports say the ‘Águilas Negras’ and ‘Rastrojos’ are active in the south.