3 army colonels fired in Colombia for killings

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Colombia's army chief has fired three colonels in the killings of 11 apparent noncombatants.

It remains unclear why the 11 men disappeared from a town on Bogota's outskirts early this year. Their bodies were found in common graves in a turbulent region of northeastern Colombia in August and September.

The local military commander said after nine of the bodies were discovered that the men had been killed in combat.

The army chief, Gen. Mario Montoya, said Friday that he was removing the three colonels -- including a brigade commander and a divisional chief of staff -- because there were serious indications of wrongdoing.

Montoya said he was turning over evidence to prosecutors.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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