At least 23 killed in fighting between rebel groups in north Colombia

At least 23 killed in fighting between rebel groups in north Colombia

At least 23 people have been killed in clashes between rebel groups in Colombia’s northeastern state of Arauca, according to the country’s civilian and military authorities.

In a statement on Monday, Colombia’s army said the violence was triggered by fighting between the guerilla group National Liberation Army (ELN), and former members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), who refused to join the peace deal.

The army said both rival groups are currently fighting for supremacy over the region’s drug trade.

Colombian President Ivan Duque also told reporters on Monday that the two dissident groups, formed by rebel fighters who refused to join the peace process in 2016, were fighting over control of drug illicit economies like drug trafficking.

Paola Tovar, a spokesperson for the Attorney General’s office, said they are proceeding with the preliminary figure of 23 victims, but the information is still not fully clear.

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