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'Caravan of death' in Chile: 6 victims identified from Augusto Pinochet coup

"Caravan of Death" update: Six victims in Chile, who perished in the bloody coup of 1973, have been identified. On Feb. 1, the Epoch Times reported that a team of forensic investigators, who ID'd the bodies in the Caravan of Death in Chile -- led by General Augusto Pinochet -- have also determined a cause of death for each decedent.

A banner referring to the September 11, 1973 military coup in Chile flies near a statue of World War II British Prime Minister Winston Churchill September 6, 2002 in Parliament Square in London.
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The caravan of death victims were found in a mass grave in the town of San Pedro de Atacama. All of the six died from gunshot wounds. They were among two dozen victims who perished when death squads targeted them as political opponents to dictator Pinochet after Socialist president Salvador Allende was deposed.

All told, about 3,000 Chileans suspected of opposing Pinochet's reign were killed and some 38,000 were subjected to torture.

The 1973 caravan of death coup was so shocking because the dictator took to the air with helicopters and gunned down anyone suspected of being pro-Allende.

Pinochet was given a prison sentence for his atrocious crimes, but he avoided imprisonment when he was diagnosed with Alzheimers. The reviled military leader died in December of 2006. He was 91.

Days ago, Chilean authorities arrested former army officers under Pinochet's rule for allegedly killing political prisoners by lacing their food with poison. Moreover, they are suspected in the unexplained and sudden death of ex-Chilean President Eduardo Frei Montalva, who died in 1982 after a routine hospital visit.

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