BUENOS AIRES – Two people died and several were wounded Thursday on the outskirts of Buenos Aires when residents of a shantytown tried to assault a cargo train, authorities said.
Residents of a shantytown known as San Martin derailed a train that was transporting automobile parts and tried to loot it, and violence evidently erupted when police arrived on the scene, judicial and security officials told the state-run news agency Telam.
Two youths, one of them a minor, were shot to death while at least one other person was seriously injured. The judiciary is investigating whether they were shot in the confrontation with police.
One of the youths, a 16-year-old, was dead on arrival at a local hospital, while the other died a few minutes after reaching the emergency room at another hospital, according to sources cited by Telam.
The residents of the shantytown later attacked several businesses in the area, including a construction company, according to images broadcast by local television stations.
Several people were arrested in the clashes and residents and relatives of the dead, wounded and those in police custody – among whom are several minors – are continuing to protest in the area. EFE