Rights groups note that an indigenous community in Nicaragua was attacked by armed men, leading to the death of a minimum of 6 individuals as well as the kidnapping of 10 other individuals.
According to the police, two people were confirmed dead but an investigation was still ongoing. However, no one can confirm why the toll is different.
The Mayagna community was attacked in a protected nature reserve that is found in the northern part of Nicaragua.
It is worthwhile to note that land disputes between new settlers and indigenous communities have been taking place in the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve.
Last year, the government was accused by a Mayagna leader who claimed that the government was negligent of the gradual annihilation of his community.
It was reported that the Mayagna people were attacked by the armed men within the Bosawás Biosphere Reserve, which is only second to the Amazon as the largest rainforest in the Americas.
When speaking to the Reuters news agency, Mayagna lawyer Larry Salomon claimed that the attackers were some of the new settlers in the region.
He concluded that “This is a land conflict. They want our lands for cattle farming and to destroy our forests.”
The attack was referred to as a “massacre” by the Rio Foundation, which is an environmental group.
Recently, there has been an increase in tensions between indigenous groups in Nicaragua and new settlers whose search for fertile land, gold and timber has brought them into the area. Armed groups have been reportedly taking over indigenous land forcefully.
Gustavo Lino, who is the topmost Mayagna leader, noted last year that the armed groups are exterminating the indigenous groups gradually and the government is not taking any action.
Mayagna community has 30,000 people and forms about 0.5% of the whole population of Nicaragua.