Colombian Mass Graves Discovered
Posted on Sep 26, 2009
Two mass graves, one filled with the bodies of 16 FARC guerrillas and another containing the remains of 17 peasants, were found in Colombia on the property of a deceased right-wing militia leader. The victims are believed to have been killed more than a decade ago. JCL
Two mass graves connected to Colombia’s decades-long internal conflict have been found, officials say.
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.
They saw it coming: A tent covers a simulated mass gravesite during a forensic training exercise last year in Colombia.