Colombian Rebels Killed Priest, Says Bishop

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BOGOTA, Colombia, DEC. 24, 2004 (Zenit.org).- Leftist guerrillas shot and killed a parish priest in a jungle area of northwest Colombia, Reuters reported.



Father Javier Francisco Montoya, 45, died at the hands of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the province of Choco earlier this month, a bishop said today.

"The guerrillas said they shot him and will not give us his body because they buried him,'' Bishop Alonso Llano, 73, of Istmina-Tado told reporters, without giving any reason for the killing.

The FARC sometimes sees religious authorities as a challenge to its ability to govern areas it controls.