One dead in protests in Peru against natural gas exploration

February 11, 2015 5:10 PM

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LIMA (Reuters) - One person was killed and at least eight were injured in protests in a Peruvian jungle town against natural gas exploration by Argentine energy company Pluspetrol, the government said on Wednesday.

Violence broke out after protesters in the town of Pichanaki, 270 km (165 miles) east of Lima, tried to seize a police station and military barracks late on Tuesday, said Jose Luis Alvarez, a senior staff member in Peru's Cabinet.

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