Japanese man gunned down, wife seriously injured in Ecuador

RIO DE JANEIRO (Kyodo) — A Japanese man died and his wife suffered serious injuries after they were attacked by robbers last week while on honeymoon in Guayaquil, Ecuador, according to information Friday from the Japanese Embassy in the country and local police.

In the Dec. 28 incident, the 28-year-old husband and 27-year-old wife were attacked by a group of eight people, according to local police, who said the man was shot in the abdomen and the legs.

The embassy has not disclosed the identities of the couple, saying it has not obtained consent to do so from their families. The woman is conscious and her injuries, while serious, are not life-threatening, the embassy said.

Local media said the attackers trailed the Japanese couple in a car after they took a taxi from a hotel in Guayaquil.

Guayaquil, the largest city in Ecuador, is known as the gateway to the Galapagos Islands.