Indigenous people in Colombia release military hostages

May 31st, 2008 - 3:00 pm ICT by admin  

Bogota, May 31 (DPA) A group of indigenous people in Colombia released four military officers and six secret service agents they were holding hostage, after security forces killed two members of the indigenous community. Columbia’s Cauca province Governor Guillermo Gonzalez confirmed the releases Friday.

The 10 members of the security forces were detained Thursday, after two siblings were killed near the south-western town of Corinto by security forces fighting leftist rebels.

The military admitted the killings, but claimed the two people who died belonged to the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). Locals said they were harvesting coffee.

Community leaders reacted to the killings by taking hostage the 10 officials as they sought to remove the bodies. They were released, but the indigenous people said they would file a formal complaint with the army.

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