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Bolivian journalists attacked while on air

Published on Oct 30, 2012 10:19 AM

LA PAZ (AFP) - Unknown assailants in Bolivia have attacked and wounded two radio journalists at their studio while they were on the air. The incident was followed live by radio listeners.

Four assailants broke into Radio Popular in Yacuiba, a town on Bolivia's southern border with Argentina on Monday and apparently attacked the journalists with a Molotov cocktail.

Station director Fernando Vidal and the second journalist were rushed to a town hospital suffering from severe burns, local media said. At the moment of the attack, Mr Vidal was interviewing two guests who denounced corruption at the Bolivian customs office.

Bolivia's interior ministry vowed in a statement to carry out an "accelerated and rigorous investigation" into the attack in the town located 700 kilometres south of La Paz. Police arrested three of the attackers, according to local media.