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Armed robbery at the home of Chilean Defense Minister Maya Fernandez

Thieves burgled the home of Chilean Defense Minister Maya Fernandez, after beating her son and threatening her husband, Sky News reported.

Fernandez, the granddaughter of the late socialist leader Salvador Allende, was not at home when thieves broke into her late Friday in the Nonoa neighborhood of Santiago.

Also, a bodyguard in the protection team of the President of Chile, Gabriel Borek, was shot in the arm by assailants who stole a presidential car, at a time when Chile is experiencing its “worst period in terms of security since the return of democracy”, where crime rates have escalated.

On Saturday, General Jean Camus, the region’s police chief, announced that “a robbery occurred in the house of the Minister of Defense,” adding that “unidentified persons stole money and a car.”

On the same night, a National Police sergeant working as a bodyguard in the presidency was robbed and shot when a group of men approached him while he was sitting in an official car.

The attack occurred in the San Miguel neighborhood in southern Santiago when the man was driving back to the presidential palace. Police said the attackers took him to a town north of Santiago, shot him and left him in the street before they fled the car.

Chilean officials called for redoubled efforts to curb crime and improve security.

“We have taken concrete measures to go after organized crime,” Deputy Interior Minister Manuel Monsalve said.

The Chilean authorities hold organized crime gangs responsible for the mounting chaos, and have promised to enhance cooperation between military police officers and their civilian counterparts.

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