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Four killed in Venezuela food looting violence: opposition

AFP  |  Caracas 

Four people were killed and 15 injured in violence linked to in Venezuela, according to members of the opposition and the local press.

It brought to six the number of deaths tied to desperate shortages in the oil-rich but crisis-riven country since December.

In the town of in the west of Venezuela, for several days now looters have targeted shops and stores and clashed with soldiers, said Carlos Paparoni, an opposition lawmaker. He said around 100 people have been arrested.

Gaby Arellano, another opposition lawmaker, said the area has been "overtaken" by soldiers and police, with shop owners doing what they can to defend their property.

is in the throes of a deepening crisis caused by falling prices, spiraling inflation, and corruption that has decimated the economy.

In the past several days and attempted has broken out in a number of towns and cities.

A 19-year-old Venezuelan was shot dead Wednesday when hundreds of people looted trucks carrying flour and chicken in the western city of

On December 31, a young woman, also aged 19, died after being shot in the head, allegedly by a soldier, while waiting in to buy pork distributed by the government.

Hyperinflation is expected to top 2,300 per cent this year in

Local universities say 30.2 per cent of face poverty and 51.5 percent extreme poverty while the government puts the figures at 18.3 per cent and 4.4 per cent, respectively.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 14:40 IST