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Teenagers on Facebook death list murdered

Post  AnnaEsse on Wed 25 Aug - 14:48


A town has been thrown into panic after three teenagers named on a Facebook hit list were murdered in the past 10 days.

Police are investigating the deaths in Puerto Asis, Colombia, after the list appeared on the web warning 69 boys to leave the area in three days or be executed.

Officers at first thought it was a hoax until they discovered two youths, who had been shot dead two days earlier, were on the list.

Diego Jaramillo, 16, and Eibart Munoz, 17, were gunned down while travelling on a motorbike between Puerto Asis and the nearby town of Puerto Caicedo.

Another name was Norbey Vargas, 19, who was killed five days later, said Colombian ombudsman Volmar Perez.

More anonymous threats have appeared on leaflets flyposted on cars in the town.

"Please, as relatives, ask them to leave town in less than three days, or we'll see ourselves forced to carry out more acts," it read.

Another list was published on Facebook on Monday, this time naming 31 girls in the town.

Detectives have brought in internet experts from the Colombian capital Bogota to help them track down the killers.

There is speculation that a criminal gang known as Los Rastrojos as well as Marxist guerrilla group FARC may be involved.

Mr Perez said Los Rastrojos had stepped up operations in the area.

He said the gang was known for "intimidating and meting punishment against...drug sellers and consumers, sex workers, people with criminal and unlawful histories, and threatening social leaders, business people and taxi drivers."

Local official Andres Gerardo Verdugo said there is "panic and anxiety" in the town, with reports that some families have already fled.

Some have taken to Twitter to voice their concerns.

"Panic in Puerto Asis, Putumayo, because of threats against young people," said a blogger called JuanSepulvedah. "Our youth must be protected."

A spokesperson for Facebook would not immediately comment when asked whether the hit lists would be removed."

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