Venezuela, indigenous groups dispute Amazon massacre

September 4, 2012 05:31

RIO DE JANEIRO - Venezuela and indigenous groups are disputing whether an alleged massacre of Amazon villagers took place after Venezuela's government said it found no evidence of an attack.

A group representing the Yanomami tribe last week said that Brazilian gold miners had crossed the border and attacked a village from a helicopter. It said the assault could have killed more than 70 people.

Though the attack allegedly happened in July, the tribe was only able to alert the government recently because of the distance and isolation of their native region along the long, dense jungle border with Brazil.

Venezuelan officials said over the weekend that flyovers of the area led them to believe that the allegations were false.

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