Official: Striking Miners Kill Deputy Minister in Bolivia

August 26, 2016 3:33 AM

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LA PAZ, Bolivia — Striking informal miners in Bolivia kidnapped and beat to death the country's deputy government minister after he traveled to the area to mediate in the bitter conflict over mining laws, officials said late Thursday.

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.

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