Colombian Troops Shoot, Kill Six Schoolchildren

Macdonald Stainsby mstainsby at SPAMtao.ca
Sat Aug 19 02:52:19 MDT 2000


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Subject: Colombian Troops Shoot, Kill Six Schoolchildren


> from paul..
>
> "...an adult who was with the children said that the
> troops opened fire without provocation and there were
> no guerrillas in the area....The shootings come as the
> U.S. widens its role in the Colombian conflict. Some
> 100 elite U.S. troops recently arrived in Colombia to
> train army antinarcotics troops. Critics of the aid
> plan say Washington is tightening ties with an
> military with a record of human rights abuses."
>
>
>
> Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2000 | 8:04 p.m.
>
>
> Six children killed in Colombian fighting
> By Margarita Martinez
> Associated Press Writer
>
>
> MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) -- Six schoolchildren hiking
> in the mountains were killed Tuesday when they were
> apparently caught in a firefight between government
> troops and leftist rebels, authorities said.
>
> But an adult who was with the children said that
> troops opened fire without provocation and there were
> no guerrillas in the area.
>
> Colombia's army chief, Gen. Jorge Mora, said the
> children were caught in the crossfire of a battle with
> rebels outside the village of Pueblorrico, 40 miles
> southwest of the city of Medellin.
>
> ``The guerrillas mixed in with a group of children,
> they went behind the group (and) the army did not see
> them during the exchange of gunfire,'' Mora told
> journalists after rushing to Pueblorrico to launch an
> army investigation.
>
> But Fernando Higuita, the husband of one of two
> teachers accompanying the 30 students, disputed the
> general's version.
>
> ``What occurred is barbaric. I didn't see one
> guerrilla,'' Higuita told The Associated Press by
> telephone from Pueblorrico's hospital. ``I am so
> angry.''
>
> Higuita said he was slightly behind the main body of
> 30 students and did not directly witness the
> shootings, but added that he saw only government
> troops in the area.
>
> Martin Mora, director of the local hospital, confirmed
> that six children had died and four were wounded. The
> ages of the children were not immediately available.
>
> The shootings come as the U.S. widens its role in
> Colombia's conflict. Some 100 elite U.S. troops
> recently arrived in Colombia to train army
> antinarcotics troops. Critics of the aid plan say
> Washington is tightening ties with a military with a
> record of human rights abuses.
>
> The rebels were from the National Liberation Army, or
> ELN, Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, police
> officials said.
>
> Combat between Colombia's two leftist rebel armies,
> government troops and police has been intense. At
> least 27 people have been killed over the past day in
> bloody clashes between Colombian security forces and
> rebels from ELN and FARC, the Revolutionary Armed
> Forces of Colombia.
>
> AP-CS-08-15-00 2021EDT
>
>
>
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Macdonald Stainsby.

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