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Source: Green Left
Honduras: DEA-linked deaths expose US drug plan
Sunday, June 3, 2012
By Allen Hines
Gunfire erupted from helicopters provided by the US State Department and carrying Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) trainers and Honduran police on May 11. The shots killed four Hondurans described by locals as fisherpeople. Two of them were pregnant.
Who did the shooting is unclear. US officials said the fisherpeople were caught in the crossfire of an anti-drug mission.
About an hour before the shooting, the DEA-sponsored anti-drug unit had seized a shipment of drugs in the Mosquitia region of Honduras. When another passing boat shot at the helicopters later on, they pursued but shot at the wrong boat, killing the fisherpeople.
Injured survivors include Lucio Adan Nelson, age 22, and Wilmer Lucas Walter, age 14.
Witnesses said DEA agents, part of the specialised Foreign-deployed Advisory Support Team (FAST), fired their weapons, which the US State Department denies.