Duke Reinforces Security After Multiple Murders

BOGOTÁ (AP) – After the murder of five surveyors, Colombian President Iván Duque on Friday ordered the Minister of Defense and the military leadership to travel to the southern department of Cauca, which in three days has been the scene of two multiple homicides.

“The idea is to be able to look at these new facts with the Prosecutor's Office, make additional decisions. See clearly what is behind these facts … In Cauca is the presence of these organized armed groups, residuals, dissidents of FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) and who are trying to intimidate the community because they work in the service of cartels "Of drug trafficking, said Duque according to a statement from the presidency.

On Thursday afternoon near the town of Corinth, in northern Cauca, a group of peasants found the lifeless bodies of men who had been thrown to the side of a road.


“Diego was carrying out surveying and overflight with drones in an area of ​​Cauca when he was killed. We don't know who and why, ”he told local radio FM Eder Cerquera, Diego Cerquera's 21-year-old brother, who was about to graduate from an industrial engineer and is one of the victims.

The five bodies were transferred to the city of Cali, where their respective autopsies will be done.

On Tuesday in the town of Tacueyo, in southern Cauca, strangers opened fire on trucks in which indigenous people moved. Five were killed and another six were injured.

According to the initial investigation, the massacre in Tacueyo was in apparent reprisal for the capture of three members of a FARC residual front.

Duque was on a security council in Cauca on Wednesday and announced that in less than 40 days 2,500 members of the public force will arrive in that area with the triple objective of controlling the territory, closing drug trafficking routes and dismantling criminal organizations.

Interior Minister Nancy Patricia Gutierrez told The Associated Press that she plans to travel to the area next week to talk with indigenous groups.

According to the National Indigenous Organization Colombia in recent years more than 115 indigenous people have been killed in different parts of the country.

From Tuesday night in the urban area of ​​Tacueyo three armored tanks are stationed near the police station for security.

The authorities estimate that there are some 2,000 FARC dissidents in the country.