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World News August 11, 2023

6 arrested over killing of presidential candidate in Ecuador

Six individuals were arrested and another was fatally shot by police in Ecuador in connection with the assassination of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio. All suspects are Colombian nationals. The victim, a 59-year-old journalist and anti-corruption activist, was killed after a political rally in Quito. The Ecuadorian Interior Minister labeled the killing a “political crime of a terrorist nature,” while President Guillermo Lasso declared a two-month state of emergency and requested FBI assistance for the investigation. The incident draws parallels to the 2021 assassination of Haiti’s President Jovenel Moise, involving Colombian and Haitian-American perpetrators. Three days of national mourning were declared.

Source : CGTN

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