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Soldier and pregnant woman killed in Venezuela unrest

Published on Mar 25, 2014 1:30 AM

CARACAS (Reuters) - A pregnant woman was shot dead near Caracas and a soldier was killed in the western state of Merida, officials said, as the death toll from weeks of anti-government protests in Venezuela rose to 36 on Monday.

Supporters of both sides and members of the security forces are among those killed in the nation's worst unrest in a decade, due to demonstrations against socialist President Nicolas Maduro that kicked off last month.

Mr Francisco Garces, mayor of Guaicaipuro municipality near the capital and a member of the ruling Socialist Party, said the 28-year-old pregnant woman was shot dead on Sunday during a protest.

"We categorically reject the demonstrations that caused this death," Mr Garces told reporters.

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