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Members of the 115,000-strong Nasa tribe are insisting the military and Marxist rebels leave their traditional lands. They say they are tired of being caught in the crossfire of Colombia’s long-running conflict.

The government rejects the demand, and President Juan Manuel Santos tweeted Wednesday that Indians will not be allowed on military bases. His defense minister and military allege rebels have infiltrated the Indians’ ranks.

The region is a corridor for cocaine smuggling and locals also cultivate high-grade marijuana.

From wire dispatches and staff reports