U.N. agency to investigate Indian massacre in Colombia
Aug 27--A United Nations human rights agency has agreed to help Colombia investigate the massacre of 12 Indians in the southwestern part of the country.
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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," Uribe said.
The Colombian government asked the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to help investigate and the agency has agreed to assist, according to a statement published on the president's Web site.
The president said it seems "criminals" in camouflage attacked an Indian community with guns near a place where cocaine is grown.
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.Uribe
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