The massacre occurred at 7h30 local time at the Palmira farm, owned by a former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla member, who is currently working as a bodyguard for the National Protection Unit (UNP).
According to witnesses, a group of unknown armed men broke into the farm and shot at the eight victims who were working there.
Authorities from the Army, the Prosecutor's Office, and the local police are on the scene to collect evidence and identify the bodies.
These are the police officers trained, financed and equipped by our “Plan Colombia”! We have 6k personnel, 9 bases there, and yet 200 massacres carried out by them, and 92% of the drugs still come from there! What are we doing there? Stopping the drugs or profiting from it? https://t.co/1570JaS4bL
"The Palmira farm is well known in the region. In 2020, the family that inhabits it was forced to displace," Algeciras's official Gelvi Cabrera said and explained that this is the third massacre that occurs in the same place in less than one year.
In 2020, the first violent assault occurred on July 16, when armed men killed four people, including a 16-year-old boy. The second massacre occurred on Sep. 22, when a 17-year-old minor and two citizens were killed by paramilitaries.
Since the beginning of 2021, human rights defenders have recorded 158 Colombians massacred. The Valle del Cauca department reports the highest number of victims so far this year.