The National Indigenous Organization of Colombia says three members of an indigenous community in eastern central Colombia were killed and one wounded in paramilitary attack by the ‘Águilas Negras’ group.
Indigenous Colombians have been primary victims of renewed paramilitary activity. The Indigenous Association of Northern Cauca reported recently that three indigenous leaders were murdered the in Cauca and five in the neighboring department of Nariño over the past few weeks.
At the end of September, the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia charged that some 1,200 indigenous Colombians were murdered last six years with “absolute impunity.”
Other recent victims include two residents of a small community near the Ecuadorian border—which the army said were killed ‘accidentally’ during a nighttime pursuit—and six people massacred in the Chocó department.
“Heavily armed men dressed in black with arm bands of the ‘Águilas Negras’” entered an Emberá Chamí community outside the Riosucio municipality in the department of Caldas, and killed three residents, the president of the regional indigenous council said, according to Spanish news agency EFE.
The acts were perpetrated by a “new generation of paramilitaries that come planting terror in the communities,” said president Gersain Díaz.
Pamphlets are circulating in the region with names of more than 60 people who have received death threats from the paramilitary group, according to the organization.