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Venezuela probes murder of German tourist

Published on Feb 8, 2014 6:21 PM

CARACAS (AFP) - Venezuelan officials were on Saturday investigating the murder of an elderly German man who was shot dead on the Caribbean tourist island of Margarita.

Mr Goldhahm Hors Kurt, 76, was shot on Friday afternoon near a shopping mall "resulting in his immediate death," read a statement from office of the public prosecutor.

Local media reported that the victim, a passenger on a cruise ship, was shot during a robbery as he and other tourists shopped for handicrafts.

"Security forces are after the criminals," Tourism Minister Andres Izarra said on Twitter.

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