Government, U.N. To Investigate Indian Massacre In Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (CNN) — The Colombian government has asked human-rights experts to help investigate the massacre of 12 Indians in the southwestern part of the country.

Twelve Awa Indians, including five children and a newborn, were found dead Wednesday about 50 miles from the city of Tumaco, in the state of Narino, near Colombia’s border with Ecuador, President Alvaro Uribe said in a statement.

“This pains our soul,” he said.

Early indications show that “criminals” in camouflage attacked an Indian community with guns near a place where cocaine is grown, the president said.

The Colombian government has offered a reward of up to the equivalent of $50,000 for information leading to the capture of those responsible, the Colombian Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Investigators know little about the group that conducted the attack or its motive, the statement said.

In February, guerillas with the Marxist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known as FARC, admitted that they killed several Indians they had accused of collaborating with the Colombian government, news outlets reported.

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