San José de Apartadó massacre

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San José de Apartadó massacre
Location San José de Apartadó, municipality of Apartadó, Antioquia
Date February 21–22, 2005
Target Civilians
Attack type
shooting, mass murder, massacre
Weapons small arms
Deaths 8
Perpetrators Colombian National Army, United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia

The San José de Apartadó massacre was a massacre of five adults and three children near the small Colombian village of San José de Apartadó more specifically in two places known as "Mulatos" and "La Resbalosa" perpetrated by members of the Military of Colombia and United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia between February 21–22, 2005.[1]

The Community was established on Palm Sunday, March 1997, the villagers declaring themselves neutral in the Colombian armed conflict.

On November 23, 2007, the Attorney General of Colombia ordered the detention of a Colombian National Army Captain, Guillermo Armando Gordillo Sánchez accused of being the mastermind and perpetrator of the San José de Apartadó massacre. Gordillo-Sánchez was in charge of the unit assigned to the 17th Brigade of the Colombian National Army.[2] On July 18, 2008, the Attorney General signed the complaint against nine military officials for grave violations of human rights and facilitation of the incursion of the United Self-Defense Forces, who carried out the massacre.[3]

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