3 bodies found as tensions rise between tribes and settlers in Brazil

3 non-indigenous tensions were killed following the murder of indigenous tribal leader Ivan Tenharim.

3 bodies found as tensions rise between tribes and settlers in Brazil

World Bulletin / News Desk

Brazilian police have found three bodies believed to be contractors who went missing in the indigenous Tenharim reserve in the Amazon region mid-December.

While relatives of three contractors have identified the bodies of Luciano Ferreira Freire, Stef Pinheiro and Aldeney Ribeiro Salvador, who were working for the federal government-owned electricity company, Eletrobras. However, DNA tests are being carried out to confirm their identity and establish the cause of death.

After non-indigenous residents blamed the tribe for the men's disappearanceon December 16, a series of riots took place in the region. Police last week arrested five members of the Tenharim tribe on suspicion of murder, an allegation the tribe denies.

Two of the suspects arrested are the sons of indigenous leader Ivan Tenharim, who was killed on 3 December. It is believed that the contractors were killed in revenge. 

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