Eleven shot dead in Cape Verde including two Spanish citizens: TV

Cape verdian soldiers arrive at the Monte Txota military barracks, on the island of Santiago, Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, on April 26, 2016, where the bodies of eight soldiers and three civilians were discovered, according to reports.
Cape verdian soldiers arrive at the Monte Txota military barracks, on the island of Santiago, Cidade da Praia, Cape Verde, on April 26, 2016, where the bodies of eight soldiers and three civilians were discovered, according to reports. PHOTO: EPA

PRAIA (Reuters) - Eleven people were shot dead in Cape Verde on Wednesday (April 27) including eight soldiers, a local civilian and two Spanish citizens, state TV and police sources said.

There were no immediate details of the killings but authorities were due to hold a press conference on Wednesday.

Cape Verde's battle against gangs smuggling Latin American cocaine to Europe has led to a series of reprisal shootings, though it was not known whether the killings were drug-related.

The country has worked with Western law enforcement agencies in its fight including the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

Authorities seized 280 kilograms of cocaine earlier this month in a bust in the Atlantic from a Brazil-registered fishing vessel as it prepared to transfer the drugs to a US-flagged yacht.

Cape Verde is an Atlantic archipelago of 500,000 people.