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Colombia Offers Reward of 200m Pesos for Information of Killing of Eight Young Partygoers

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The government of Colombia has offered a reward of 200m pesos ($53,000; £40,000) for information about the killing of eight people in south-western Nariño province.

Four gunmen burst into a party held at a house in Samaniego on Saturday and shot dead seven men and one woman.

The victims were part of a group of about 20 revellers.

The motive for the attack is not clear but there are a number of drug gangs active in the border area with Ecuador.

Survivors of the attack told El Tiempo newspaper that some of them had received threats on Saturday warning them to stop the party they were attending on the outskirts of the town of Samaniego.

 Eight people were shot dead by an unidentified armed group in a contested drug trafficking area in southwestern Colombia on Saturday night, authorities said.

The killings in Narino province, near the border with Ecuador, took place around midnight, the armed forces said in a statement.

The attackers wore balaclavas to cover their faces and carried long-range weapons, a police source said.

Colombian President Ivan Duque condemned the attack on Twitter and said high-ranking officials from the police and the army were on their way to the area.

Advocacy group Human Rights Watch and the Colombian human rights ombudsmen also condemned the killings.

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