Homicides increase 192 percent northeast Antiouquia due in part to illegal mining

Posted on July 17, 2012 • Filed under: Colombia, Crime, Latin America Mining

On June 7, 2012, a day after at Remedios and Segovia Vegachí murdered eight people in less than a day, one of the “boys” who participated in the killings, he called him “a part of” Operation his boss, alias “Pipón” ringleader “Rastrojos”. There were eight deaths set off alarms in northeastern Antioquia by the increase in murders, which, according to Colonel Jose Gerardo Acevedo to Oss, Antioquia police commander, increased by 192 percent so far in 2012. These killings, says Colonel Acevedo, mainly affecting the municipalities of Segovia and Remedios, “where there is a dispute over territory and control of finances received by illegal armed groups for extortion charge the miners.”
192% increase in homicide in Northeast Antioquia


On a visit to El Colombiano in March, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón said that criminal gangs and FARC and ELN have begun to have an important role in illegal mining in the country. Situation experienced by 10 municipalities in the Northeast of Antioquia where authorities have seized dredges and machinery that armed groups used for the illegal exploitation of gold. Defense Minister denounced how the guerrillas charged vaccine to those involved in the extraction yields monthly figures over the earnings from drug trafficking. Read Article

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