Colombia.- Eleven dead in clashes between drug trafficking and illegal mining groups in southwestern Colombia

Colombia.- Eleven dead in clashes between drug trafficking and illegal mining groups in southwestern Colombia

The Colombian Defense Minister, Diego Molano, reported on Monday eleven deaths this weekend in the municipality of Tumaco, in the Colombian department of Nariño, due to clashes between groups dedicated to drug trafficking and illegal mining.

Specifically, the deaths have occurred from four violent events that occurred over the weekend in the rural area of ​​Tumaco between the networks of ‘Los Contadores’ and the’ Oliver Sinisterra ‘front, according to the Colombian media’ Time’.

“There are four different acts of homicides that presumably would be related to the criminal confrontation and the search for territorial control between organized drug trafficking groups,” Molano pointed out, to specify that among the deceased are members of the gangs and civilians.

Specifically, on Saturday two bodies were found in the Coanopi district and another in the Villa Rica area. Likewise, on Sunday the authorities located three other bodies without life in the town of Llorente and five in Puerto Rico.

In this sense, the minister has stressed that in Nariño there are around 36,000 hectares of coca crops, almost 10,000 of them in the municipality of Tumaco, so criminal networks are fighting for control.

In this way, Molano has ensured that the authorities will act with “forcefulness” and has requested citizen collaboration to find the alleged perpetrators of the events, among whom, according to the minister, would be ‘el Gringo’ and ‘Mario 40’, the bosses of ‘Oliver Sinisterra’ and ‘Contadores’, respectively, for whom a reward is offered.

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