Mass grave discovered in Colombia

The remains of 105 people killed by rightwing paramilitaries are found in jungle.

    Interor ministry officials say they expect to discover more bodies in the coming days [AFP]

    More remains are expected to be found near 65 of the graves which were uncovered in Putumayo province on the Ecuadorean border late on Friday.
     

    A total of 211 bodies have been recovered from the province since last year, but Friday's find by agents from Colombia's attorney-general's office marked the most number of bodies found in a single area.

    Paramilitaries disarmed

    More than 31,000 paramilitaries have disarmed since 2003 under a deal promising reduced jail terms to those who co-operate with investigations into crimes they committed in the name of fighting Marxist rebels.

    Both the "paras" and the rebels are funded by Colombia's multibillion-dollar cocaine trade and are branded terrorists by Washington.

    The paramilitaries were organised in the 1980s by rich Colombians to fight the rebels.

    By the late 1990s the conflict had turned into little more than a turf war over drug-smuggling routes.


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    'We scoured for days without sleeping, just clothes on our backs'

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    Unification: Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem

    We explore how Salah Ed-Din unified the Muslim states and recaptured the holy city of Jerusalem from the crusaders.