Colombia: Violence still rages among narco gangs a year after truce

A year on from Congress' ratification of the Colombian peace process, which apparently ended a decades long conflict between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), violence still rages in the country, Tuesday. Residents in the city of Tumaco in Narino explained how gangs competing for the narcotic trafficking industry vacated by FARC in the wake of the agreement... Еще were still engaging in violence. «Unfortunately in the rural and urban areas 181 people lost their lives,» explained Colonel Jose Palomino, a local police chief, showing the extent of the violence. Colombia suffers from the one of the highest rates of internally displaced people in the world according to statistics and violence is a constant threat in the western region of Narino. «In most of our neighbourhoods in the suburbs and even here in the city centre there are difficulties. Yesterday we heard gunshots, not from handguns or pistols, but from rifles; and an explosion afterwards, like from a grenade,» a local priest, Arnulfo Garces, said of everyday life in the town.

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