THREE people have been killed in Colombia in the 54th massacre so far this year as signatories of the historic 2016 peace deal continue to be targeted. 

The Institute for Development and Peace Studies said that the men were shot dead in the early hours of Monday morning as they attended a meeting in the Puerto Rico municipality. 

The dead have been named as Aurelio Castro Ortiz, brother of the former mayor of the municipality of Puerto Rico, Durley Lopez Osorio and former Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) fighter Orley Tombe Conde.

Mr Conde was a signatory to the peace deal which brought an end to decades of armed conflict between Farc guerillas and the government which left tens of thousands dead. 

Farc has since disarmed and rebranded as a mainstream political party with a number of former fighters entering parliament under the terms of the agreement. 

But those who signed up to the accord continue to be targeted, with 333 killed since 2016, 27 of them so far this year. 

Colombia’s new leftist President Gustavo Petro, himself a former M-19 guerilla fighter, has stated his commitment to the peace deal and aims to bring about an end to the killings.

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