KABUL: (Middle East Press) At least one person was killed and 22 were wounded following clashes between anti-oil exploration protesters and police forces in the Peruvian town of Pichanaki.
According to the Peruvian medical forces on Wednesday, a 25-year-old demonstrator was shot dead and another 22 were wounded by shotgun pellets during a rally against an Argentine oil energy company’s operations in the Amazon.
The Peruvian Interior Ministry said the clashes erupted after hundreds of protesters “violently entered” a police station where the facilities of the Argentine company Pluspetrol were kept.
The ministry added that the police forces did not carry firearms and only used teargas to repel the protesters’ attack.
The South American country of Peru, which abounds in oil and gas resources, frequently witnesses’ clashes between security forces and environmentalists who fear the oil and gas operations will contaminate the country’s natural resources.