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Caravan of Death victims identified in Chile

Caravan of Death victims identified in Chile
Caravan of Death victims identified in Chile
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Caravan of Death victims have been identified, according to a Jan. 31 Yahoo News report. Six victims of the infamous death squad in Chile that killed at least 75 people in the country after dictator Augusto Pinochet's 1973 coup over Socialist president Salvador Allende, have been identified.

Forensic experts identified the remains of the Caravan of Death victims who had each been shot to death and buried in a mass grave in northern Chile.

The Inquisitr reports that after the coup, the Caravan of Death squad traveled through the country via helicopter searching for victims, aka, anyone who questioned Pinochet’s 17-year reign. An estimated 3,000 people were killed. The touring mission was led by General Sergio Arellano Stark, who was sentenced to six years, but did not serve time after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. At least seven other members of the Chilean military were sentence to between three and 15 years for the murder of 14 political prisoners, Yahoo News reports.

Among the dead was journalist Carlos Berger, who was married to a human rights lawyer and activist. His wife had been arrested for her refusal to close local radio transmissions on the day of the coup. Remains of a Socialist leader, local government official and chauffeur were also identified.