23/10/2013 14:40 BST | Updated 23/01/2014 23:58 GMT

'Cannibal' Colombian Rebels Claim To Have Eaten Rivals With Onions & Tomatoes

Former members of a Colombian neo-paramilitary group claim to have killed and eaten men from rival factions.

But rather than facing justice for their actions, the men from an offshoot of the Popular Revolutionary Anti-Terrorist Army of Colombia (ERPAC), are living freely as government witnesses.

Three members of the Bloque Meta told a court in Villavicencio they had captured two rivals from Libertadores de Vichada, the Semana reports.

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The footage obtained by Semana shows the men stabbing their victims to death

"We killed these guys, we chopped them up and cooked them in a pot with onions and tomatoes," the court heard.

Footage obtained by the newspaper shows a man being murdered and dismembered. It claims to have seen further video which reveals the assailants posing with limbs and placing them in a cooking pot.

The alleged attackers enjoy protection from the authorities in return for their agreement to testify against other members of their neo-paramilitary group.


Cannibalism is just one of the byproducts of a series of ongoing wars that have broken out between different factions of ERPAC after the group was officially demobilised in 2011.

The offshoots are active in the jungles southeast of Bogota, where they feud over access to drug trafficking routes to Venezuela, Colombia Reports explains.

In 2008 Colombian journalist Hollman Morris Rincon produced a documentary in which he interviewed demobilised paramilitaries who spoke of mass killings and cannibalism in rural areas, as well as the suggestion some drank the blood of their victims.