New massacre in Colombia leaves three dead and one injured | News
At least three young people were murdered on Friday night in the municipality of Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia; as well as a 16-year-old minor was injured, local police sources confirmed in a new episode of armed violence in that South American country.
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According to the police version, collected by local media, the victims were chatting in the park of one of the city’s neighborhoods, when armed men attacked them at night. The deceased were 18, 19 and 25 years old, they refer.
Likewise, a 16-year-old minor was injured in the shooting, who underwent surgery and has a reserved prognosis. Although the authorities are investigating whether the multiple homicide was the result of reprisals, the Institute for Development and Peace (Indepaz) recalls that there was already an Early Warning (AT) for the area.
In particular, Indepaz refers that the Ombudsman’s Office had issued a TA, number 19/2021, which included the municipalities of El Cerrito, Buga and Palmira and pointed out the deficiencies of the state response in terms of security, especially in actions comprehensive prevention.
Already in the previous March, another massacre took place in a rural area of the same municipality. In this event, three people were killed in a house in the Chambimbal township. A year earlier, in January 2021, the massacre of five young people on a farm caused a stir in Buga and the rest of the Valley.
The main hypotheses that are handled so far are settling scores and disputes over territorial control due to drug trafficking. However, Indepaz points out that the economy of municipalities such as Buga, in which both legal and illegal actors take part, helps to understand, in part, how the armed conflict and crime have fueled the functioning of said economy.
1/2 From @DefensoriaCol We reject the death of 3 young people, on the night of Friday, May 13, in the La Revolución neighborhood of the municipality of #Buga. A 16-year-old adolescent is also injured at the San José Hospital. Our solidarity with the families of the victims.
— Ombudsman (@DefensoriaCol)
May 14, 2022
Given what would be the 39th massacre so far this year, Indepaz recalls that the so-called Gaitanista Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AGC), local drug trafficking structures and the Third Division of the Colombian Army are active in the area, among other armed groups.
The climate of violence, with massacres and selective assassinations of former combatants and peace signers has not stopped in Colombia, with two weeks to go before the first round of the presidential elections.