October 28, 2016

11 People Shot Dead In Cape Verde, Report Says

Police stand guard on a road leading to the Spanish Embassy in Praia, Cape Verde, [Reuters]

Eleven people were shot dead in Cape Verde on Tuesday including eight soldiers, a local civilian and two Spanish citizens, state TV and police sources said.

There were no immediate details of the killings, but authorities were due to hold a press conference.

Cape Verde’s battle against gangs smuggling Latin American cocaine to Europe has led to a series of reprisal shootings, though it was not known whether the killings were drug-related.

The country has worked with Western law enforcement agencies in its fight, including the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration.

Authorities seized 280 kilograms of cocaine earlier this month in a bust in the Atlantic from a Brazil-registered fishing vessel as it prepared to transfer the drugs to a U.S.-flagged yacht.

Cape Verde is an Atlantic archipelago of 500,000 people.

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