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Colombia Orders Army Arrests in Indigenous Killing


Colombian authorities have ordered the arrest of 11 soldiers accused of killing an indigenous leader last year and falsely reporting he died in a clash with leftist rebels.

The attorney general's office said in a statement Friday that Victor Hugo Maestre was taken from his home in northern Colombia last October by men dressed in military uniforms.

The statement said Mr. Maestre's body later turned up at a local morgue where relatives identified it. Soldiers had claimed the Kankuamo tribal leader died during a clash with rebels from the leftist National Liberation Army, the ELN, but the Attorney General's office has accused the 11 soldiers of involvement in the killing.

Colombia is mired in a long-running civil war involving the ELN, the larger rebel group known as the FARC, and rightist paramilitaries.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.

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