Egyptian who resisted robbery attempt killed at Venezuela airport

Passengers walk near departures gates at Simon Bolivar International Airport in Maiquetia near Caracas, Venezuela, Saturday, Dec 14, 2013. (AP)

Venezuelan authorities say an Egyptian visitor has been killed during what appears to be a botched robbery at Caracas' international airport.

The Attorney General's Office says in a statement said the 30-year-old Egyptian was killed Saturday afternoon as he was walking along an outdoor corridor near a terminal. He had arrived on a flight from Frankfurt, Germany.

He apparently resisted a robbery attempt and was shot by assailants on a motorcycle.

Violence is soaring in crisis-wracked Venezuela, and the country's murder rate is among the highest in the world. The government has struggled to reassure tourists and international businesses that the country remains a safe place to visit.

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