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Radio host attacked: Bolivian journalist Fernando Vidal set fire to the air in Yacuiba

Radio journalist goes alive after the men jump into the studio and pour gasoline over him

  • Three men were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack
  • One studio technician has also suffered damage in incidents that may have been politically motivated

A Bolivian radio presenter was set on fire by four masked men while hosting his show in the southern city of Yacuiba.

Radio The popular journalist Fernando Vidal, 78, is being treated for burns after his attackers broke into the studio, poured gas on him, and set him on fire.

Studio technician Karen Anza was also injured in the attack that some eyewitnesses claim was Molotov cocktails.

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Ranchers: two farmers in Yacuiba, in the south of Bolivia, where the shocking attack took place

Ranchers: two farmers in Yacuiba, in the south of Bolivia, where the shocking attack took place

His son-in-law, Esteban Farfan, says that Mr Vidal has suffered burns to his face, arms and chest.

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack, the BBC reports.

According to family members, Mr Vidal reported smuggling in the border area when the attack took place – Yacuiba is less than three kilometers away from Argentina.

Mr Vidal and other journalists had recently criticized an increase in smuggling, in particular with regard to liquefied petroleum gas.

Smuggling problem: Yacuiba is only two miles from the border with Argentina Smuggling problem: Yacuiba is only two miles from the border with Argentina

Smuggling problem: Yacuiba is only two miles from the border with Argentina

Mr Farfan believes that the attack was politically motivated, although the police did not comment.

He said that Mr Vidal had spoken out against the provincial government in the air.

The domestic ministry of Bolivia told AFP that it had an & # 39; accelerated and rigorous investigation & # 39; will perform.

This is not the first time that a Bolivian radio station has come under fire in recent months.

In June three dynamite attacks were made at local stations, at Radio Emisora ​​Bolivia, Radio Vanguardia and Radio Cumbre.

Video: Journalist set light speaks after being brought to the hospital

Not the first time: the attack in Yacuiba followed three at radio stations elsewhere in Bolivia in June Not the first time: the attack in Yacuiba followed three at radio stations elsewhere in Bolivia in June

Not the first time: the attack in Yacuiba followed three at radio stations elsewhere in Bolivia in June

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