Thieves steal Chile’s defense minister

Thieves burgled the home of Chilean Defense Minister Maya Fernandez, after beating her son and threatening her husband, according to the authorities.

Fernandez, the granddaughter of late socialist leader Salvador Allende, was not at home when thieves broke into her late Friday in Santiago’s Nonoa neighborhood.

Also, a bodyguard in the protection team of Chilean President Gabriel Borek was shot in the arm by assailants who stole a presidential car, at a time when Chile is experiencing its “worst period in terms of security since the return of democracy”, where crime rates have escalated.

On Saturday, General Jean Camus, the region’s police chief, announced that “a robbery occurred in the home of the Minister of Defense,” adding that “unidentified persons stole money and a car.”

Attack details

On the same night, a National Police sergeant, who works as a bodyguard in the presidency, was robbed and shot at when a group of men approached him, while he was sitting in an official car.

The attack took place in the San Miguel neighborhood in southern Santiago when the man was driving back to the presidential palace.

Police said the assailants took him to a town north of Santiago, shot him and left him in the street before fleeing by car. No information was available on his condition.

Chilean officials called for redoubled efforts to curb crime and improve security.

“We have taken concrete measures to go after organized crime,” Deputy Interior Minister Manuel Monsalve said.

The Chilean authorities hold organized crime gangs responsible for the mounting chaos, and have promised to enhance cooperation between military police officers and their civilian counterparts.


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