Four people killed in separate attacks across Colombia

Four people were killed earlier this week in a spate of attacks.

On the evening of Wednesday 17 January, Victor Morato, a community leader, was murdered in Yondó, department of Antioquia. Victor was president of the Community Council for Dignified Living of Yondó and worked in public services. He was attacked by unidentified armed men, following repeated warnings by residents to authorities of armed groups in the area.

The previous night a resident of Cantagallo, department of Bolivar, was killed. No details have yet been released but Colombian independent media report the victim was a social organiser.

Also on 17 January, Diana Luz Solano, the daughter of indigenous governor Rufino Solano, was killed in Bajo Cauca as she travelled to visit her mothr in Antioquia.

On 18 January in Caloto, department of Cauca, 20-year-old Germán Andrés Ruíz Mera was killed by unknown assailants. Another young Caloto resident, Alexander Taquinás was seriously injured in another attack.

The start of 2018 has seen a continuation of the violence against community organisers and social leaders that intensified throughout the previous year. Over 140 people were killed in 2017 for political and social organising. Another 34 former FARC guerrillas and 13 of their close relatives were killed.

So far in January at least five people have been killed for political activity, while two FARC activists were murdered earlier this week.