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Five Slayed on Cuban Farm

August 31, 2002

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ARTEMISA, Cuba (AP) _ Assailants entered a home in village in western Cuba and killed five people, including four members of a family, apparently by cutting their throats, relatives of the victims said Saturday.

Such crimes are rare in Cuba. The attack comes nine months after five people, including a couple from Miami and an 8-year-old boy, were shot and killed in their car on a road from Havana in a robbery attempt.

The latest attack took place Thursday in a farm outside of Artemisa, about 30 miles west of Havana. Family members said the victims appeared to have had their throats cut.

``It seems that they entered to steal ... people here are very worried,″ said Camilo Martin, a cousin of one of the victims, Osmel Martin.

Cuban authorities have released no details about the case. Police and Interior Ministry officials have the farm sealed off and a ministry official asked reporters to leave its entrance.

``People want the killers to be caught,′ said Martin, adding that his cousin had been the farm’s guard and the other victims _ two men and two women _ lived on the small farm.

Martin identified the dead as: farm owner Felix Chacon, his brother-in-law Jorge Felix, and his 23-year-old niece Evelise. He did not know the identity of the one remaining victim.

There bodies were buried early Saturday in Artemisa, he said.

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