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Colombian mass graves discovered

Sept 28--Two mass graves connected to Colombia's decades-long internal conflict have been found, officials say.

28 de septiembre de 2009

They say one grave, containing the bodies of 17 peasants, was discovered in a ranch in the north-west belonging to a late far-right militia leader.

The armed forces chief announced the discovery of a second mass grave, which he said held the remains of 16 left-wing Farc guerrillas, in the south.

The Farc have been fighting the Colombian government since the 1960s.

The peasants' bodies were found on a ranch that belonged to paramilitary leader Carlos Castano, who was killed in 2004.

The victims are believed to have been tortured and killed 10 to 12 years ago.
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