Assault on Station Leaves 18 Ecuadorian Police Officers "missing"
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QUITO: The interior ministry announced on Wednesday that 18 police personnel are “lost” as a result of an attack by Indigenous protestors on a police station in Ecuador’s eastern Amazon area.

According to Interior Minister Patricio Carrillo, three more cops were arrested by the demonstrators, and six other officers were “seriously hurt.”Assault on Station Leaves 18 Ecuadorian Police Officers "missing"

The administration announced on Tuesday night that a second protester had died in the attack in Puyo, an Amazonian city five hours south of Quito, bringing the total number of fatalities in the 10 days of Tribal anti-government demonstrations to two.

The police facilities in the city’s heart were eventually torched by the crowd after they started lighting fires while officers were still in their patrol cars, starting looting, and destroying public and private buildings including the Guayaquil Bank and Red Cross.

A crucial demand by Indigenous protestors to abolish the national emergency in six of Ecuador’s 24 regions was rejected by the government on Wednesday.

Over the past 10 days, 10,000 Indigenous people have organized in the capital to demand a decrease in fuel costs.

However, there have been violent fights between demonstrators and security personnel, which have resulted in the injuries of over 80 suspects in addition to 90 citizens and 100 police officers. One demonstrator perished on Monday outside of Quito after falling into a ravine.

Although the public prosecutor’s office has launched a murder inquiry, police have portrayed the occurrence as an accident.

According to officials, the protester who perished in Tuesday’s assault on the police station died while “handling an explosive device.

” He was “struck in the face, possibly with a tear gas grenade,” according to a lawyer with the Alliance of Civil Rights Organizations. On Wednesday morning, Quito was largely tranquil.

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