Argentine singer Facundo Cabral shot dead in Guatemala

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Posted: Jul 09, 2011 10:28 AM

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral was shot dead in the Guatemalan capital early on Saturday on his way to the airport, a spokesman for the president's office said.

"The vehicle was hit by 18 bullets," presidential spokesman Juan Manuel said.

Another person was injured in the shooting, said a police officer on the scene.

The motive of the shooting was not clear.

President Alvaro Colom's office said in a statement that authorities were investigating whether the shooting of the 74-year-old singer was robbery-related or a targeted attack.

Cabral, who was popular in Latin America, had been in Guatemala on tour.

(Reporting by Mike McDonald; Editing by Vicki Allen)