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10/13/16

Brazil: The Altamira region's Environment Secretary is murdered

Chilling news out of Brazil today. The Secretary of the Environment of the Altamira region of the country, Luiz Araújo, was last night assassinated. According to military police, the government official was just outside his home in the Buruti locality when two men approached him on a motorcycle and shot him seven times in the head.

Altamira is a particularly controversial region when it comes to environmental matters, as it's home to the recently constructed Belo Monte dam and also the highly controversial 'Volta Grande' gold project owned by Canadian junior, Belo Sun (BSX.to).

UPDATE: More here, including a correction to the spelling of his name. Luís Alberto Araújo was 54 years old. And here Brazil's national newspaper O Globo has now picked up on the story, noting that Araújo was shot dead in his car with his wife and children present. The assassins apparently made off without trying to steal anything.