Ex-Rebel Admits Role in Colombian Massacre

BOGOTA, Colombia, JULY 25, 2002 (Zenit.org).- A man who participated in the massacre of 119 people in Bojaya, northwestern Colombia, has turned himself in to authorities.

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José Americio Asprilla, then a member of the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), said he was present at the May 2 massacre when the rebel group confronted Colombia’s United Self-Defense group.

The latter had taken shelter in a church, along with 300 civilians.

According to Asprilla, a FARC commander decided to fire at the church resulting in the death of 119 people. The public prosecutor is still investigating to identify those most responsible for the massacre.

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