A police team has been dispatched to a mining camp at Akaiwanna, Cuyuni, Region #7 to investigate the murder of dredge owner Antonio Da Silva, 36, a Brazilian National whose body bore several suspected gunshot injuries. The body has since been removed to the Memorial Gardens Crematorium, the police said.

Investigations have so far revealed that between 5.45 pm yesterday and 2 am today, a gang of about six to eight men, armed with rifles and handguns and speaking a foreign language, attacked the mining camp, bound the Brazilians along with several of his workers and ransacked the camp; after which the bandits escorted the Brazilian to his worksite where they removed an undisclosed amount of raw gold.

It is alleged that the bandits further took the dredge owner about 500 meters from the site and shot him several times and fled the area.

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