Wed, Nov 08, 2006 - Page 2 News List

Government helps family of brothers slain in Caribbean

POSSIBLE REVENGE ACT The two Taiwanese that were killed were involved in an accident that caused the death of a child in the Dominican Republic

AGENCIES , TAIPEI AND SANTO DOMINGO

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is helping the family of two Taiwanese brothers killed in the Dominican Republic to travel to the Caribbean country to handle arrangements for the deceased, ministry spokesman David Wang (王建業) said yesterday.

The brothers were studying in the Dominican Republic.

Wang said the ministry learned that gunmen broke into the residence of the victims in Bonao in the central part of the Dominican Republic on Sunday.

Two other Taiwanese and three Chinese Malaysians living with the brothers were also injured when gunmen fired on their home.

Police said that one of the victims of Sunday's attack had recently been involved in a collision in which a child died, and that they believed that revenge could be the motive behind the shooting.

Four people were arrested on Monday in connection with the shooting in the town of Bonao, police said.

Bonao police chief Bernardo Paez pledged in a note to the Taiwanese Embassy that those responsible for spraying the home with bullets would be identified.

Taiwanese nationals have been in the town for three decades helping to develop better strains of rice.

The other two Taiwanese were in serious condition, police said.

Taiwan's embassy has worked with Dominican police in the investigation and has sent officials to the hospital to visit the injured, Wang said.

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