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Five Dead in Attack by Suspected FARC Dissidents in Colombia


Colombia

Five people were killed in an attack by suspected dissident members of Colombia's FARC rebels, officials said Sunday.

The deadly incident took place at a "public establishment" in a rural area of Tumaco, in the southern department of Narino, the army said.

Colombia is experiencing some of the worst attacks by armed groups since a peace deal was signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) in 2016.

Suspected FARC dissidents belonging to the Urias Rendon column "arrived at the establishment in a vehicle, firing several shots indiscriminately," an army statement said.

Two people were killed at the scene and another three died of gunshot wounds after being taken to a hospital.

Six other people were injured.

According to Colombian observer group Indepaz, one of the victims was a 15-year-old girl.

The non-governmental organization estimates there have been 73 attacks in the country so far in 2021. In each attack, one to nine people were killed, Indepaz said on its website.

Major General Alvaro Perez said the attack was being investigated. He added there had been a recent uptick in armed confrontations in the region, which is one of the largest areas under drug cultivation in the world.

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