Peruvian mayor of town near giant copper project assassinated

March 20, 2015 2:38 AM

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LIMA (Reuters) - The new mayor of a small Andean town in Peru near a huge, multi-billion-dollar copper project was shot dead in an apparent ambush while traveling by car in the region, authorities said on Thursday.

Peru's interior minister vowed to carry out a thorough investigation of the assassination of Alberto Roque, 35, who assumed power in January as mayor of Mara in Peru's central highland region Apurimac.

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