Illegal Miners’ Boast of ‘Massacring’ Entire Uncontacted Amazon Tribe

Last edited 11th September 2017

Illegal Miners’ Boast of ‘Massacring’ Entire Uncontacted Amazon Tribe

Brazilian authorities have confirmed the alleged massacre of indigenous people from an uncontacted Amazonian tribe by illegal miners in northwestern Brazil, according to the Amazonia Real news agency.

Prosecutors told Amazonia Real that federal police and the Public Prosecutor’s office were investigating the killings of an unspecified number of indigenous people reportedly killed in August in the Sao Paulo municipality of Olivenca, on the border with Peru and Colombia.

Although the report did not confirm the death toll, suspects or weapons used, it cited other indigenous people as saying up to 20 tribal members were killed.

Prosecutors are also investigating another complaint about the alleged killing of indigenous people from the isolated Warikama Djapar tribe. The attack would have occurred in May but has not been confirmed.

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