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Bolivian gov’t confirms miners killed deputy minister

/ 11:48 AM August 26, 2016
Independent miners clash with the police during  protests in Panduro, Bolivia, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Thousands of Independent miners continued their protests with roadblocks which precipitated the clashes as the police attempted to dislodge them. AP Photo

Independent miners clash with the police during protests in Panduro, Bolivia, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Thousands of Independent miners continued their protests with roadblocks which precipitated the clashes as the police attempted to dislodge them. AP Photo

LA PAZ, Bolivia— Authorities in Bolivia say striking miners have kidnapped and killed the country’s deputy government minister, who had traveled to the area to mediate in the conflict over mining laws.

Government Minister Carlos Romero called it a “cowardly and brutal killing” and asked that the miners turn over the body of deputy minister Rodolfo Illanes.

Earlier, Romero and Attorney General Ramiro Guerrero said that Illanes had been kidnapped, but local media reports that he had been beaten to death by the miners had not been confirmed.

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The strike has turned violent recently with two protesters being killed and riot police failing to clear a highway in a western part of the Andean nation.

Illanes had gone to Panduro, 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of the La Paz, to open a dialogue.

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