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SHOOTING In Ecuador Leaves Nine Dead

SHOOTING In Ecuador Leaves Nine Dead

Nine people were killed after dozens of shooters arriving in boats and taxis opened fire at a port in northern Ecuador close to the Colombian border, the public prosecutor said on Tuesday.

Interior Minister Juan Zapata told the Ecuavisa television channel that the attack was carried out by 30 heavily armed people and related to organised crime gangs.

He said the attackers arrived in two boats and in vehicles.

Zapata said there were between 1,500 and 2,000 people in the port at the time of the morning shooting.

The attack happened because fishermen “preferred the security” of one criminal organization and were targeted by another in retaliation, added Zapata.

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