Colombia: Further Information: Fear for safety/possible extrajudicial executions/ “Disappearances”
The paramilitaries who carried out the 4 November raid are believed to be, looking for the relative of a victim of the 1998 massacre in the city, who has been campaigning to bring those responsible to justice. He is believed to be named on a death list. Another relative has since been shot dead. At least seven people have been killed in a paramilitary raid on the city of Barrancabermeja, in Santander department. The army-backed paramilitaries reportedly abducted the two brothers, who have not been seen since. A group of about 50 gunmen reportedly entered the city, killing the following men: Francisco Javier Castro Jaimes Luis Arturo Perez Osorio, Johel Jaime Suarez, Ramiro Francisco Javier Castro Jaimes Luis Arturo Pérez Osorio, Johel Jaime Suarez, Ramiro Nino Ardila, Jairo Alonso Suarez Morantes, Carlos Alberto Suarez Ardila, Donato Suarez Sanchez. At least 410 inhabitants of Barrancabermeja are believed to have been killed by either paramilitaries or guerrilla groups.