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British tourist, 50, shot dead in robbery outside Buenos Aires hotel

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His 28-year-old stepson was also injured in the attack.

Police outside the Faena Art Hotel in Buenos Aires

A British tourist was killed and his stepson injured when they were shot during a robbery outside a luxury Buenos Aires hotel.

Northamptonshire businessman Matthew Gibbard, 50, and Stefan Zone, 28, were targeted by two men on a motorbike on Saturday morning in an attack caught on CCTV.

Officials said the holidaymakers were shot as they tried to resist attempts to steal their belongings.

Footage shows a struggle before the suspects flee the scene on their motorbike, leaving one man lying on the street.

Scene of the attack in Buenos Aires
Scene of the attack in Buenos Aires (Natacha Pisarenko/AP)

Both were taken to hospital after the attack near the entrance of the Faena Art Hotel, in the waterfront Puerto Madero district of the Argentinian capital.

Mr Gibbard was shot in the chest and later died, while Mr Zone, his stepson, suffered a thigh wound.

Local media reports said police believe the motorbike robbers were supported by accomplices in a vehicle and are investigating whether the victims were followed to the hotel from the airport.

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A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: “We are supporting the family of two British men following an incident in Buenos Aires, and are in contact with the local authorities there.”

More than 111,000 British nationals visited Argentina in 2018, according to the Foreign Office, which said most visits are “trouble free”.

But tourists are warned to be alert to street crime, including armed robberies, and advised to hand over cash and valuables without resistance.

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