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Dissident Soldiers, Protestor Killed in Venezuela

Three military dissidents and a female protester opposed to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez have been killed execution-style after being kidnapped, bound and gagged, police said on Tuesday. Police refused to comment on the investigation, or to discuss possible motives or suspects. All four victims frequented Plaza Altamira, the site of more than 120 days of protests against Chavez’ government. The dead military men had also joined a call for popular resistance led by anti-Chavez Gen. Enrique Medina. A 14-year-old girl who apparently witnessed at least one of the killings was hospitalized after being shot, but is talking, police said. Raul Yepez, deputy director of the Caracas police homicide division, said the four victims had been fired upon with shotguns. It appeared that all of them went missing last week. “We are conducting the investigation to try to answer these questions,” he said. Despite occasional violence in Venezuela’s political standoff, there have been no confirmed selective killings of Chavez’s allies or enemies. Still, street clashes have claimed at least seven lives and left scores injured since December. Full Story

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