Pregnant woman killed amid protests near Caracas

A pregnant woman has been killed amid a protest outside the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. It’s unclear why she was fired upon.

By (AP)

Published: Mon 24 Mar 2014, 9:17 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:44 AM

The mayor of Guaicaipuro said Adriana Urquiola died on Sunday night in that municipality after she left a bus that was stuck in traffic as the result of a barricade built by anti-government protesters. She doesn’t appear to have been participating. The 28-year-old began walking toward the barricade, and was shot in the head. She was five months pregnant.

Officials are still investigating why the gunman was firing.

Opponents of President Nicolas Maduro are calling her the latest casualty of the unrest. The protests began five weeks ago, less than a year after Maduro succeeded the late Hugo Chavez. The violence has left at least 32 people dead.

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