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UA 345/93 - Colombia: extrajudicial executions / fear for safety: Killed: Jesus Maria Valencia Zuleta, Omar Dario Mesa Torres, Carlos Guillermo Mesa Torres, Manuel Vicente Varelas, Alberto de Jesus Molina, Samuel Nicolas Jimenez Serna, Jhon Jairo Calle, J

, Index number: AMR 23/057/1993

There have been an alarming number of killings reported recently in the Municipio Yarumal, Antioquia department. It is believed that those responsible are members of a "death squad" carrying out an operacion de limipieza social (social clean-up operation) against local drug dealers and petty criminals. The victims have also included peasants involved in the recovery or occupation of land. It is alleged that a death list exists. Relatives of some of the victims have already left the area in fear.

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