Colombia: Police ambush of a family in North Santander Department
An apparently unprovoked attack on a civilian vehicle by armed police on 13 April 1993 resulted in the deaths of two people, Faride Herrera Jaime, a female teacher and lawyer, and Oscar Ivan Andrade Salcedo. Five others were injured, including a child aged 9. The police, possibly believing the car to be carrying members of a guerrilla organization, reportedly opened fire without warning. The authorities later claimed that the car had crossed the firing line of a confrontation between police and EPL guerrillas but this has been discounted by the survivors and by the EPL. AI is concerned that this attack may have been an attempted extrajudicial execution. AI is also concerned about the apparent lack of progress in the official investigations.
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