2012-06-19

Chilean Soldier Dies in Haiti after Assault

Archive photo of a Chilean Soldier guarding a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo: AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

Archive photo of a Chilean Soldier guarding a street in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo: AFP/Roberto Schmidt)

AFP

A Chilean soldier who worked at the Embassy of Chile in Haiti died there on June 17, after being shot by unidentified assailants, authorities said.

“The officer was assaulted by strangers and he received four bullet wounds in his abdomen and arm. Due to these injuries, he was taken to Lambert Sante Hospital, where he died at 5:45 am” (0945 GMT), the Chilean Defense Ministry said in a statement.

The incident took place outside a restaurant in the Petionville suburb of Port-au-Prince, and is being investigated by Haitian police.

The body of the sergeant, who served as the assistant defense attaché at the Chilean embassy, will be repatriated once the necessary paperwork has been completed.

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