August 14, 1995 in Nation/World

Gunmen Kill 14 In Bar In Colombia

Compiled From Wire Services

Unidentified gunmen opened fire in a dance hall in a strife-ridden region of northwestern Colombia, methodically killing at least 14 people, some as they tried to run out the door to escape.

Authorities said they have no clues to who was responsible for the massacre Saturday night in Chigorodo, a town in the banana-growing Uraba district. But they said it likely is connected to the political violence that has plagued the region.

As young men and women, many of them workers in the banana fields surrounding the town, drank and danced at the Aracatazzo bar, assailants armed with assault rifles walked inside and opened fire.

“They didn’t say a word. They just began shooting,” army Col. Manuel Perez said.

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