Argentina: British tourist ‘killed and another hurt in robbery’

A British tourist has been killed and another was seriously hurt after they were shot in a suspected robbery in Argentina, says local media.

The men were reportedly attacked around 11am outside a luxury hotel in the capital Buenos Aires.

Both victims were taken to hospital after being injured in a struggle with robbers near the entrance to the Faena Art Hotel in the Puerto Madero district of the city.

The assailants had tried to steal the belongings of the tourists, who tried to resist before being shot. The Britons were then given first aid at the scene.

One of the men was shot in the chest and later died in hospital while the other suffered a thigh wound, according to the A24 news channel.

The Britons were reportedly targeted by at least two assailants who were travelling on a motorbike and had a getaway vehicle nearby, reports said.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of two British men following an incident in Buenos Aires, and are in contact with the local authorities there.”

More than 111,000 British nationals visited Argentina in 2018, according to the Foreign Office, which said most visits are “trouble-free”.

But tourists are warned to be alert to street crime, including armed robberies, and advised to hand over cash and valuables without resistance.

In a statement, the hotel said: “Faena Hotel Buenos Aires is deeply saddened by the incident which took place in the vicinity of the hotel.

“We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. Faena Hotel Buenos Aires is working with the authorities and providing our full support.”

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