QUITO (Reuters) – The mayor of the Ecuadorian Pacific port metropolis of Manta, Agustin Intriago, was assassinated on Sunday, authorities mentioned, in a brazen assault that surprised the political institution.
Police mentioned the 38-year-old Intriago, who was re-elected as mayor of Manta in February, had been inspecting public works within the metropolis on the time of the assault.
It was not instantly clear why the mayor had been attacked.
Inside Minister Juan Zapata mentioned a lady had additionally died within the incident, and 4 different individuals have been wounded. Two of them are suspects within the killing, he mentioned on Twitter.
The municipal authorities of Manta mentioned on its Twitter account that Intriago had been shot useless.
President Guillermo Lasso expressed his sorrow on Twitter and ordered authorities to convey the killers to justice.
Former President Rafael Correa expressed his shock on Twitter and mentioned: “I am unable to consider this has occurred.”
In Might, gunmen focused the mayor of the town of Duran. He emerged unscathed from the assault, however a policeman was killed and several other different individuals have been wounded, media reported.
Intriago belonged to a neighborhood political celebration in Manta, a metropolis of properly over 200,000 inhabitants.