A deputy interior minister has reportedly been killed, after being kidnapped and beaten to death by protesting miners, in Bolivia.
The Bolivian government has reported that its deputy interior minister has been kidnapped and killed by striking miners.
Rodolfo Illanes and his bodyguard were seized earlier on Thursday at a roadblock in Panduro, south of La Paz, official said.
Interior Minister Carlos Romero said “all indications” were that Illanes had been murdered in a “cowardly and brutal” attack.
Illanes was beaten to death at about 18:00 local time (00:00 GMT), Defence Minister Reymi Ferreira said in a statement. The authorities were currently unable to retrieve his body, the minister added.
Two miners also died from gunshot wounds during clashes with police. More than 100 arrests had been made.