Argentina: British tourist ‘shot dead in front of son’ in daylight robbery

Thirty-five-year-old man shot dead while 28-year-old suffers thigh wound in Buenos Aires

Chiara Giordano
Saturday 14 December 2019 20:32
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A police officer stands in front of the Faena Art Hotel in Buenos Aires, hours after Saturday’s attack
A police officer stands in front of the Faena Art Hotel in Buenos Aires, hours after Saturday’s attack

A British tourist has been shot dead in front of his son, who was also injured during a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, according to local media.

The two men were reportedly both taken to hospital after the attack at about 11am on Saturday outside a hotel in the Argentinian capital.

A 50-year-old man who was shot in the chest later died, while a 28-year-old man, believed to be his son, suffered a thigh wound, according to the A24 news channel.

The men are said to have been hurt in a struggle as they were targeted by motorcycle robbers near the entrance to the Faena Art Hotel, in the waterfront Puerto Madero district of Buenos Aires.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of two British men following an incident in Buenos Aires, and are in contact with the local authorities there.”

A naval official guards the entrance of the Faena Art Hotel in Buenos Aires, Argentina, hours after motorcycle robbers shot one British tourist dead and injured another, 14 December, 2019.

Initial local media reports identified one of the victims as a 35-year-old, however this was later amended.

More than 111,000 British nationals visited Argentina in 2018, according to the Foreign Office, which said most visits are “trouble-free”.

But tourists are warned to be alert to street crime, including armed robberies, and advised to hand over cash and valuables without resistance.

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