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Caravan of Death victims identified

Jan 31 2014, 10:17pm CST | by , in News | Other Stuff

Caravan of Death victims identified
Source: Wikipedia

Forensic experts were able to identify six victims of the Caravan of Death carnage.

The Caravan of Death was an infamous death squad in Chile that carried out gruesome executions to at least 75 innocent people in 1973, during the coup led by dictator Augusto Pinochet.

The Caravan of Death flew by helicopters and visited garrisons to mercilessly torture and kill prisoners.

According to one general, the squad ripped bodies into pieces, broke jaws and legs, gouged eyes with knives, and fired at sexual organs of the prisoners. Bodies were then buried in unmarked graves.

Now the AFP is reporting that six bodies have been identified by forensic experts on Friday this week. The bodies were buried in a mass grave near the town of San Pedro de Atacama, Chile.

Forensic experts said that the victims were shot to death.

One was identified as the journalist Carlos Berger,  who was married to a human rights lawyer. He was reportedly arrested for refusing to close the local radio transmissions. Other victims included a Socialist leader, a local government official, and a chauffeur. They were among 26 people killed in the city of Calama, some 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) north of Santiago and around 100 kilometers from the mass grave site, AFP said.

Under Pinochet's dictatorship, over 38,000 people were tortured and some 3,000 were killed. 

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