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Slain Environmentalist’s Father Attacked in Honduras

TEGUCIGALPA – The father of slain environmentalist Berta Caceres was attacked by a machete-wielding boy and wounded at his house in Marcala, a city in the western Honduran province of La Paz, media reports said.

Jose Caceres Molina, who owns the Aguas de la Sierra company, was attacked on Saturday by a 12-year-old boy in an apparent robbery.

Caceres Molina shot his assailant in the head, media reports said.

Both Caceres Molina and the boy were taken to a hospital and are expected to survive, the daily El Heraldo reported.

Berta Caceres, founder of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH) and an award-winning environmental activist who opposed hydroelectric projects, was killed on March 3, 2016, at her home in the western city of La Esperanza.

Seven suspects have been arrested in connection with her murder, but the motive for the killing has not been determined.

Prosecutors allege that the suspects murdered Caceres and tried to kill Mexican human rights activist Gustavo Castro, director of the Otros Mundos Chiapas organization and the only witness to the killing.

 

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