– A suspected shooter arrested in cape verde after hot chase.
– The victims included eight soldiers and three civilians, two of whom were Spanish nationals.
A suspected shooter arrested in cape verde after hot chase.
Military authorities have arrested a soldier who is suspected to have killed eleven people at a military barracks in Cape Verde after a 24-hour chase.
The government of the islands off the north-west of Africa believes personal drives led to the shootings.
It said the deaths were not an attempted coup or connected to the drugs trade. The victims included eight soldiers and three civilians, two of whom were Spanish nationals.
The Spaniards were working on repairs at a hilltop communications hub protected by soldiers at the barracks in Monte Tchota, a forested area on Santiago island about 27km (17 miles) north of the capital, Praia.
A police officer uncovered the dead bodies at about midday local time (13:00 GMT) on Tuesday and a deserted car containing eight Kalashnikovs and ammunition was discovered later.
The Associated Press news agency reports that this incidence has prompted Cape Verde’s President Jorge Carlos Fonseca to cancel an earlier scheduled official trip to one of the country’s 10 islands while two days of national mourning were also observed.
The state broadcaster, Radiotelevisao Caboverdiana, reported that a 23-year-old suspect had been captured in the Fazenda neighborhood of Praia.
Cape Verde’s A Semana newspaper also reports that the armed suspect had no time to react when the security forces arrived to capture him.
The former Portuguese colony, an archipelago about 600km (370 miles) off the coast of Senegal with a population of 500,000 people, has attracted appraisal from international organisations for its commitment to democracy and development.
However, it has also been targeted by international drug rings as a transit point for smuggling cocaine from Latin America to Europe.
Last week police seized 280kg (670lb) of cocaine from a yacht and officials have linked two recent attacks on public figures to the drugs trade.
A new government that took office last Friday following an election in March had promised a zero tolerance approach to crime.