Colombian police dismissed the alleged slaying of five people at a hamlet in the northern part of the country in a turf war between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, guerrilla group and a gang of drug traffickers known as Los Urabeños.

?The mayor of Tierra Alta has spoken and has said that the reported massacre never took place,? the director of Colombia's National Police, Gen. Jose Roberto Leon Riaño, told reporters.

He said that ?action by the army and National Police? is being coordinated, but added that ?up to now people at the scene have been telling me there is no indication that such an incident occurred.?

On Saturday, police sources told Efe that at least five people were killed at Santa Isabel, a remote village surrounded by dense jungle in the Tierra Alta municipality of the northern province of Cordoba.

Local media even cited local officials as saying that besides the murders, several people were kidnapped. EFE ocm/cd