Assassination of presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio captured on video

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    A terrifying video has captured the moment Ecuadorian presidential candidate Fernando Villavicencio was assassinated at a political rally on Wednesday (August 9).

    In the clip, which has been shared to social media, the 59-year-old candidate was seen walking out of the event in the country's capital of Quito, surrounded by guards.

    But while he was entering a white truck, gunshots were heard and people surrounding the vehicle ducked for cover.

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    It was later reported that the father-of-five was shot and killed by an unidentified gunman.

    President Guillermo Lasso said in a statement: "The killing comes amid a startling wave of violence in the South American nation, with drug trafficking and violent killings on the rise.

    "I assure you that this crime will not go unpunished. Organized crime has gone too far, but they will feel the full weight of the law."

    However, Ecuador’s attorney general’s office said a suspect in the assassination of Villavicencio died of wounds after being arrested by authorities.

    Patricio Zuquilanda, Villavicencio’s campaign adviser. claimed the candidate had received death threats before the shooting, which he had reported to authorities and resulted in one detention.

    He called on international authorities to take action against the violence, attributing it to rising violence and drug trafficking.

    “The Ecuadorian people are crying and Ecuador is mortally wounded. Politics cannot lead to the death of any member of society,” he said.

    Police confirmed that several others were injured, including officers, describing the incident as a terrorist act and promising to get to the bottom of the killing.

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    The politician, 59, was the candidate for the Build Ecuador Movement and was one of eight presidential candidates for the late August election.

    He was one of the most critical voices against corruption, especially during the government of former President Rafael Correa from 2007 to 2017.

    The politician filed many judicial complaints against high-ranking members of the Correa government.

    Early accounts show that several others were injured in the attack, though authorities did not confirm how many.

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    • Crime
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