Colombian authorities are continuing an investigation to verify an alleged massacre in the northwestern town of Taraza, in which five children and two adults are said to have died, all members of an indigenous community.
The secretary of the Antioquia provincial government, Santiago Londoño, told Efe Friday by telephone that the only thing they have up to now is “the story of a person who came the city center of Taraza and reported it.”
He said the person, a young man about whom he gave no further details, during the day had flown with army soldiers over the area where the purported massacre occurred, but from the air “he couldn’t figure out where the place was that the murders supposedly occurred.”
Things being the way they are, Londoño said, “we don’t have sufficient information” to be sure if a massacre occurred or not, though he added that “it will be investigated” in any case.
He also said the area is “complicated” since the 18th Front of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, the Andean nation’s largest rebel insurgency, has long operated there.