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Amazon Indians: Mass killing reported in Venezuela

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -

A group of Yanomami Indians say a remote Amazon community in Venezuela suffered a recent massacre of unknown proportion. They're calling for authorities to travel to the village to investigate, saying residents of a nearby community reported dozens slain.

   The Horonami Yanomami Organization says in a statement that the community of Irotatheri was attacked last month in southern Venezuela near the border with Brazil and that Brazilian gold miners are suspected.

   Luis Shatiwe Ahiwei, a leader of the group, says visitors from a nearby village found the community's circular hut torched, and charred bodies.

   He says it's unclear how many people were killed. But he says the witnesses sent word that about 80 people lived in Irotatheri and that they found only three survivors who had fled into the jungle.

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