Panama: Colombian refugee killed in the Darién

A Colombian refugee living in Panama was killed on Feb. 18 near the town of Boca de Cupé in Darién province, a jungle region bordering Colombia that has experienced incursions in the past by Colombian armed groups. Government and Justice Minister Dilio Arcia said the victim was killed when he went outside with his son to work on his property. Local media reported that the victim was named Aureliano Graciano Sepúlveda (“Bolaños” and “Mono Bolaños”); he was granted asylum in 1996, they said, and the three armed men who killed him were probably from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). (Telemetro Reporta, Panama, Feb. 18; Univision, Feb. 18 from AP; Crítica en Línea, Panama, Feb. 19)

From Weekly News Update on the Americas, Feb. 22

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