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| 5/22/2009 12:00:00 AM

112 Colombian Paramilitaries Turn Selves In

May 22 -- A total of 112 members of a paramilitary group created by a drug trafficker who was killed a year ago turned themselves over to army troops in the jungles of western Colombia, authorities said.

The mass surrender occurred in a spot near the Pacific coast, Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos said during a visit to Tolemaida army base in central Colombia.

The paramilitaries surrendered after coming under pressure from armed forces operations in the area, said Santos, who added that they were taken into custody by units of the army’s 17th Brigade in Niqui, a town in Choco province.
 
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