Amazonian tribe members in Ecuador launched six folks that they had kidnapped to demand the discharge of the physique of a frontrunner killed by the coronavirus, the federal government stated on Saturday.
Two cops, two troopers and two civilians have been taken captive by the indigenous folks on Thursday within the village of Kumay close to the Peruvian border.
Their tribal chief who died from COVID-19 was buried based on well being tips however the physique was later exhumed and returned to the folks.
Inside Minister Maria Paula Romo stated on Twitter that the “liberated residents” had undergone medical examinations after their ordeal in Pastaza province within the Amazon jungle in southeast Ecuador.
“The gang of those that have been holding the kidnapped was roughly 600 folks,” Romo stated, including the negotiations to free the captives have been led by police commander Basic Patricio Carrillo.
Police stated on Twitter that a particular workforce on Saturday carried out an “exhumation and identification course of” of the physique of the chief, which was transported by authorities to Kumay.
Ecuador is likely one of the Latin American international locations hardest-hit by the pandemic with over 61,000 circumstances, together with round four,800 deaths.
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