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Saudi- 17 miners killed in Venezuela were shot in head

(MENAFN- Saudi Press Agency) CARACAS Venezuela Jumada II 08 1437 March 17 2016 SPA -- Venezuelan officials say all but one of 17 miners found dead in a mass grave near where they went missing had been shot in the head according to AP.
Attorney General Luisa Ortega said Wednesday that all were quickly identified and the bodies are being returned to family members.
The government maintains the massacre in the southeastern state of Bolivar resulted from a turf war for control of a wildcat gold mine. Officials blame the killings on a gang led by an Ecuadorean national who is the target of a manhunt.
But human rights groups are calling for a thorough investigation because witnesses reported the miners were detained by armed men wearing vests bearing police insignia.
The head of Venezuela's investigative police has said he is opening an internal probe.
03:26 LOCAL TIME 00:26 GMT

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