Venezuela opposition figure's killing was gangland hit: president

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro delivers a speech in front of the Miraflores presidential palace, in Caracas on November 21, 2015Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday the shooting death of an opposition leader appeared to be a gangland score-settling, dismissing claims it was politically motivated ahead of key elections. Authorities were investigating the killing of Luis Manuel Diaz and “the interior ministry has evidence that suggests it was a contract killing to settle a score between rival gangs,” Maduro said in a speech to supporters. An attacker shot Diaz dead on Wednesday evening in the central Guarico region at a campaign rally for the December 6 legislative elections, party officials said.

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