February 3, 2017 8:57 pm
Updated: February 3, 2017 8:58 pm

Teenage assassin accused of over 30 murders arrested by Colombian police

WATCH: Teenage assassin accused of over 30 murders arrested by Colombian police

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BOGOTA – Police in Colombia have arrested a 17-year-old accused of carrying out more than 30 murders.

Given strict privacy protections for minors in Colombia authorities are identifying the teenage killer only by his nickname of “Frijolito”, or “Little Bean.” Police in Cali on Friday said the highly dangerous criminal was picked up this week after a four-month manhunt.

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The young man allegedly began killing people around the age of 12 and developed a reputation for ruthlessness as head of a gang of drug traffickers and assassins that terrorized the southern city. His latest criminal act was a double homicide at a shopping centre in Cali.

Authorities said he was being held at a juvenile detention centre but that when he turns 18 he’ll be transferred to a prison.

© 2017 The Associated Press

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