Colombia registers 2 massacres and 1 ex-FARC guerrilla killed

The municipal authorities of Algeciras, in the department of Huila in southern Colombia, confirmed that a new massacre occurred on a farm in the region on Tuesday night when unknown gunmen killed three people.

The information received shows that at least three armed men came to a house in the village of Quebradón Sur and murdered Jimmy Betancourt Ortiz, 43, and Alejandro Betancourt, 25, father and son.

The third person killed was an employee of a property belonging to an ex-combatant of the FARC-EP, who has not yet been identified.

Police authorities and the Attorney General's Office have launched the respective investigations that could shed more light on this new massacre - which is not the first in this area located some 200 km southwest of Bogotá.

This massacre took place less than 24 hours after another one recorded in the department of Córdoba in northern Colombia when a group of men killed four people in the rural area known as Versalles, in the jurisdiction of the village of Batatal.

These two massacres occurred after the FARC party reported that former guerrilla Nelson David Sánchez Segura died Tuesday after being a victim of an attack in the municipality of Tumaco, in Nariño department, in the southwest of the country.

Nelson David Sánchez Segura is the 229th former guerrilla to be killed since the signing of the Final Peace Agreement in Havana in 2016 between the Colombian government and the former FARC-EP guerrilla.