Soccer Player Slain in Colombia

Bogota, Jun 12 (IANS/EFE): A professional soccer player died and one of his teammates was wounded in an attack by gunmen in a town near the Caribbean city of Barranquilla, Colombian authorities said.

In the shooting Alex de Avila, defensive midfielder for the second-division club Autonomous University of the Caribbean, was killed while forward Herly Alcazar suffered gunshot wounds, according to a police report.

A man riding as a passenger on a motorcycle attacked the soccer players, who were talking at a bar in Puerto Colombia, a town near Barranquilla.

De Avila died on the spot, while Alcazar was admitted to a clinic.

Police gave no information on the possible motives of the attack, but local media said that the incident was apparently related to an argument between the soccer players and a man sitting at another table in the bar.


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