In Rural Colombia, Narcotics Gangs Step Into Power Vacuum

MUNCHIQUE, Colombia—The gunmen burst in without warning, tossing grenades and letting loose a burst of fire and that killed six young men in an abandoned house that served as a cockfighting ring.

Days after the late September attack, townspeople in this remote hamlet stricken by rising violence marched along a rutted road past the house where their neighbors had died, waving signs and demanding, “We want life.”

“This…

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