A prosecutor investigating the storming of an Ecuadorian TV station by gang members has been shot lifeless.
Cesar Suarez was killed on Wednesday as he was driving to court docket in Guayaquil, the nation’s most harmful metropolis.
Police are treating it as an assassination and say he was shot a number of occasions.
Mr Suarez was probing final week’s assault on TC Television, when gang members broke right into a studio throughout a stay broadcast and held workers at gunpoint.
Thirteen individuals, together with two minors, have been arrested over that incident.
It occurred shortly after a infamous gang boss escaped from jail, triggering a nationwide state of emergency and night-time curfew.
Ecuador has seen a surge in violence just lately, together with explosions in some cities, police kidnapped and jail workers held hostage.
Twenty-two prison gangs have been designated terrorist organisations as President Daniel Noboa tries to quash the unrest linked to the medicine commerce.
Journalist held at gunpoint stay on air speaks to Sky News
Mr Suarez had beforehand labored on different organised crime circumstances in Guayas province.
He was additionally main a case involving a drug lord who allegedly obtained beneficial therapy from police, prosecutors and judges.
“The criminals, the terrorists, will not hold back our commitment to Ecuadorean society,” stated legal professional normal Diana Salazar in a social media video.
“We call on the forces of order to guarantee the security of those who are carrying out their duties.”