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Colombia Director Killed Making Documentary on Violence

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7Dnews London

Fri, 10 May 2019 10:14 GMT

A Colombian film-maker was shot dead on Thursday May 9th while making a documentary on the victims of violence in the northeast of the country, AFP has reported, citing local authorities.

Mauricio Lezama was collecting testimonies from people who suffered violence during Colombia’s civil war, when he was shot and killed by four armed men in the town of Arauquita, in Arauca department, governor Ricardo Arevalo told reporters.

Arevalo blamed the killing on a splinter group of the far-left guerilla movement FARC which rejected the peace agreement that brought to an end the Colombian armed conflict, which was signed by the rebels and the Colombian government in November 2016.

The documentary, titled "Mayo", was dedicated to a nurse murdered in the area.

There are an estimated 1,700 FARC dissidents in the Arauca department, bordering Venezuela, as well as National Liberation Army (ELN) fighters, the last guerrilla group still active in Colombia.

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