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Border guard shot dead on duty

The site of yesterday’s murder in Sarandí.
Border guard shot dead on duty

The number of Border Guards attacked has now increased to three in two weeks. A Border Guard was shot dead in Greater Buenos Aires yesterday. The officer was on patrol in the town of Sarandí, Avellaneda, and he was participating in a security operation outside the Reconquista Club.

Two men riding a motorbike shot the Border Guard in the chest and throat yesterday morning, the police said.

The 32-year-old Border Guard, Julio César Solís, was manning a checkpoint with four other officers.

The police said that a motorbike with the two men appeared on the scene at high speed and opened fire. According to eye witness accounts, the attackers shot at least five times.

The shots hit the officer, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, near his throat and he fell seriously wounded. The Border guard was rushed to Avellaneda’s Fiorito Hospital, where he died when he was receiving medical assistance.

Solís was a father of three sons and lived in the Buenos Aires province town of San Miguel. He served at the 7th Squadron of El Palomar.

The judicial proceeding is being now carried out at the Office of the Public Prosecutor No. 3 of Avellaneda’s judicial department.

Three shootings in two weeks

The Border Guard was murdered just two weeks after the shooting to other two officers.

One officer was murdered in Dock Sud, greater Buenos Aires, on January 2. Nelson Silvestre Bordón, a 25-year-old Border guard from Formosa province was patrolling a section of the Buenos Aires-La Plata highway when a group of residents were protesting about power outages, when he was hit by a bullet and taken to hospital.

Investigators are trying to establish whether the bullet that killed the officer came from an apartment block near the picket line or if the attacker was a motorist who, enraged at having been caught in the sun by the picket, shot the protesters and ended up wounding the Border guard.

Another attack took place after Bordón’s death. Once again, a Border guard was shot. But this time the officer was luckier and was not killed. That shooting occurred on Kilometre 41 on the West Highway. On the afternoon the Border guard was driving downtown, but had to stop at the highway shoulder when his car suffered mechanical problems. It was then that three young men appeared on the scene and started beating him. He was shot in the shoulder and the leg by one of the attackers.

The Border guard was taken by ambulance to a hospital in the Buenos Aires district of Moreno.

With yesterday’s shooting three Border guards have suffered gun attacks in the last three weeks.

The perpetrators of yesterday’s killing fled the scene and are now on the run. The police searched the area, but could not find the attackers who, according to witnesses, did not say anything before opening fire.

Herald with DyN, Online Media

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