Ten killed, gangs unleash terror as Ecuador declares state of emergency

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Gunmen storm TV station during live broadcast, more than 20 violent incidents reported as country lurches into crisis.
Ecuador is facing a wave of violence and chaos as gangs and criminal groups take
advantage of the state of emergency declared by President Daniel Noboa on Tuesday.
However, the state of emergency has also given rise to a power vacuum, as the police
and the military struggle to enforce the curfew and the lockdown. Armed groups have seized the opportunity to loot, extort, and attack civilians and authorities, creating a climate of fear and insecurity.

One of the most shocking incidents occurred on Wednesday night, when a group of
masked gunmen stormed the headquarters of Ecuavisa, one of the country’s largest TV
stations, and interrupted a live broadcast. The assailants fired shots, set fire to vehicles,
and took several hostages, including journalists and technicians. They demanded to speak to the president and threatened to kill the captives if their demands were not met.

According to the Ministry of Interior, more than 20 violent incidents have been reported across the country since the state of emergency was declared, including robberies, kidnappings, murders, and clashes between rival gangs. At least 10 people have been
killed and dozens more injured in the unrest.

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