Two killed in Colombia dispute over Venezuela border

Written by By Staff Writer BBC News Two Venezuelan men have been killed in a violent dispute in Colombia. The driver of a car died from asphyxiation and his friend was fatally stabbed in…

Two killed in Colombia dispute over Venezuela border

Written by By Staff Writer

BBC News

Two Venezuelan men have been killed in a violent dispute in Colombia.

The driver of a car died from asphyxiation and his friend was fatally stabbed in Antioquia province, near Venezuela’s border.

Sergio Lopez, 16, and Emanuel Oron, 19, were killed in the incident on Sunday. The identities of those who stabbed them have not been revealed.

Fears of security along the border have mounted since the clashes that killed 43 people in Venezuela in July.

Venezuela condemned the killing.

Senior government official Tibisay Lucena said the act of “criminality” involved “unequal treatment” and “discrimination” against Venezuelans.

“I’ve ordered the maximum of security at the border as well as Colombia’s anti-terrorist response.”

Colombia’s Foreign Ministry said it was investigating “the violence that led to this young couple’s death”.

Colombia is a popular destination for Venezuelans fleeing shortages of food and medicine.

Tensions escalated at the border when hundreds of Venezuelan men showed up looking for work. The men were turned away after police said they were under 16 and therefore not eligible to work in Colombia.

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