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One person was killed and 22 others injured after anti-oil and gas protesters clashed with police Tuesday in Peru.

The Interior Ministry said about 500 people “violently entered” a military base in the town of Pichanaki that is being used by Argentina-based Pluspetrol.

The protesters made it to a section of the base used to store explosives, machinery and tents before police cleared the area with tear gas, the AP said.

An unidentified 25 year old protester was killed sometime during the clash after suffering a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Hospital officials said 22 other people were injured by what appeared to be shotgun pellets.

Two police offers and 16 civilians were also treated for injuries.

The Defense Ministry said no military personnel were involved in the incident.

Authorities said they do not know who fired into the crowd.

A water pump and wood were stolen from the site and two tents were destroyed during the confrontation, the Defense Ministry said.

The demonstrators were protesting oil and gas exploration activity in Peru’s Amazon rain forest and are demanding that Plusperol shut down oil and natural gas exploration projects near Pichanak that began in 2012.

About 2,000 protesters gathered around Pichanaki police headquarters Wednesday and some began throwing rocks following the military base clash.


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