Official: Governor Slain Shortly After Abduction

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BOGOTA (AP) - Colombian authorities say it appears a southern governor kidnapped by presumed leftist rebels on his birthday and found with his throat cut was killed within a few hours of the abduction.

Manuel Hernandez is chief judicial investigator for Caqueta state, where Gov. Luis Francisco Cuellar was killed Monday night.

Hernandez said Wednesday that Cuellar's body was nine miles (15 kilometers) from his house, which was attacked by a rebel commando unit of eight to 10 men who dragged him outside in his pajamas.

Hernandez said Cuellar's body was found face down Tuesday on a rural hillside with an 8-inch (20-centimeter) gash across the neck and no sign of a struggle.

Cuellar's kidnapping was Colombia's first major political abduction since 2002.

It happened on the governor's 69th birthday.

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