It’s reported they were showing off a hand-carved paddle they claimed they had taken from the tribe based near the Colombian border.
“It was crude bar talk,” said Leila Silvia Burger Sotto-Maior, of the Brazilian agency onindigenous affairs (Funai).
“They even bragged about cutting up the bodies and throwing them in the river,” she said.
The miners, she said, claimed that “they had to kill them or be killed.”
Ms Sotto-Maior said the brutal killings were reported to have taken place last month.