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Panama: Police Arrested a Suspect after 7 Killed near Panama Lake

Panama: Police Arrested a Suspect after 7 Killed near Panama Lake

The National Police confirmed this morning the arrest of a suspect allegedly involved in the murder of the 7 youths, which occurred on Friday in the province of Colón, and whose bodies were found in a bunker.

Panamanian authorities are investigating the deaths of seven young people near a lake about 80km north of the capital, a prosecutor said.

The bodies of the victims, four women and three men ranging in age from 17 to 22 years old, were found on Saturday (local time), homicide prosecutor Adolfo Pineda told reporters. Some people in the group managed to escape the attack and are assisting authorities with the investigation, Pineda added.

They had been in a group of 14 making a trip to the lake. The seven who escaped said two armed men had attacked them.

The group of 14 had left on Friday to walk to the lake, news agency Efe reported.

Some of the victims had injuries consistent with gunshot wounds, homicide prosecutor Adolfo Pineda told reporters.

"It really is a shocking occurrence from all points of view," he said.

The motive for the attack has yet to be determined. Authorities were searching the area where the bodies had been discovered.

Five of the bodies were reportedly found in a refugio, or shelter, on the shores of the lake, and the two others outside.

Local media reported that some of the victims' family members had alerted police that they were missing on Friday.

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