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A Venezuelan congressional report found that 14 fishermen killed in a military-led ambush in October were shot from behind, casting doubt on the military’s claim they died during a gun battle with Colombian guerrillas. The report, portions of which were printed in Caracas newspapers, said the 14 were shot in the back and the back of the head, many at close range, “which makes it presumable the deaths . . . (were) not the product of a confrontation.” The military originally reported the incident as a gun battle with guerrillas, but two survivors later testified that it was a massacre of civilians.


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