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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.

27 de agosto de 2009

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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