Colombian Rebels Killed Priest, Says Bishop

BOGOTA, Colombia, DEC. 24, 2004 ( Leftist guerrillas shot and killed a parish priest in a jungle area of northwest Colombia, Reuters reported.

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Father Javier Francisco Montoya, 45, died at the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the province of Choco earlier this month, a bishop said today.

“The guerrillas said they shot him and will not give us his body because they buried him,” Bishop Alonso Llano, 73, of Istmina-Tado told reporters, without giving any reason for the killing.

The FARC sometimes sees religious authorities as a challenge to its ability to govern areas it controls.

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