Members of an uncontacted tribe, said to include women and children, have allegedly been massacred by gold miners in a remote part of the Brazilian Amazon.
Federal prosecutors in Brazil have opened an investigation into the reported massacre of about 10 members of the tribe, according to the New York Times.
FUNAI, the Brazilian government Indian Affairs department, told Fox News that at its request, the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office of Tabatinga in the state of Amazonas, has been investigating the alleged killings, together with the Federal Police.
The New York Times reports that the investigation was launched after the gold miners were heard bragging about the killings in a bar. The miners reported brandished a hand-carved paddle taken from the tribe.
The reported massacre took place last month along the River Jandiatuba in Western Brazil, according to tribal advocacy group Survival International, which reports that more than ten members of the tribe were massacred. “If confirmed, this means up to a fifth of the entire tribe have been wiped out,” the group added in a statement.
Survival International noted that women and children are believed to be among the dead.
FUNAI says that the area under investigation is near the Jandiatuba and Jutaí rivers, near Brazil’s border with Peru, about 621 miles from the city of Manaus.
The miners who discussed the attack were arrested and questioned but have not confirmed the deaths. “To date, no material…