Colombia Day of the Assassins

The drug lords carry out a bloody attack to silence a top lawman

The killers chose their moment well. Attorney General Carlos Hoyos Jimenez had just spent the week in Medellin, drug capital of Colombia, investigating the suspicious release from jail of Cocaine Cowboy Jorge Ochoa Vasquez. Hoyos was headed for the airport to return to Bogota. Suddenly, three jeeps and a car forced Hoyos' Mercedes off the road. Several men jumped out and sprayed the Attorney General's car with machine-gun fire, apparently wounding Hoyos and instantly killing his bodyguard and driver. Hoyos, his head bowed and bloody, was dragged from the vehicle and kidnaped. Hours later his bullet-riddled body was found in a...

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