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Interpol Seeks Three Israelis Accused of Training Colombian Militias


Interpol has issued an international arrest warrant for three Israelis accused of training private armies of Colombian drug cartels and right-wing paramilitaries.

An official for Colombia's domestic intelligence agency said Tuesday Interpol is seeking the three men on charges of criminal conspiracy and instruction in terrorism.

Authorities accuse the men of helping set up training camps to teach private armies military techniques. Authorities blame the armies for some of Colombia's worst atrocities.

The militias were formed in the 1980s by wealthy ranchers to battle leftist rebels. They evolved into powerful criminal gangs that engaged in drug trafficking, civilian massacres and other atrocities.

Some 31,000 paramilitaries have demobilized as part of a peace plan with the government aimed at ending Colombia's 43-year civil war.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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