Colombian rebels kill five people on Christmas day
Colombian rebels shot dead five people on Christmas day as they were driving to their country house, local media reported Friday quoting police in the northeastern province of Arauca, dpa reported.
Police suspected the killings to be the work of the National Liberation Army or ELN. One of the victims was a former ELN member and had recently entered a government rehabilitation programme, said regional police chief Luis Antonio Ortiz.
Four of the victims were from the same family, while the fifth was a friend travelling with them. Two others were injured.
The ELN is smaller than the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and both leftist groups are active in Arauca.
Colombia has been plagued for more than 40 years by a bloody armed conflict between rebels and the central government, in which ideological issues mix with others linked to the lucrative drug trade.