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Visiting Argentina? Be alert after tourist shot outside Faena Art Hotel in Buenos Aires

Visiting Argentina? Be alert after tourist shot outside Faena Art Hotel in Buenos Aires

An ambush took place outside the Faena Art Hotel, a  five-star hotel in Buenos Aires when a British tourist got shot and died and his son is in hospital.

The hotel profiles itself : “As soon as you walk into the long hallway with a red rug and black horsehair bench, you know you’ve entered Faena’s fantastical world. From the Library Lounge, with its tufted leather sofas and crystal candelabras to the white-and-red Bistro Sur, with unicorn heads adorning the walls, the hotel’s restaurants and bars take theatrical design to new heights.”

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

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

The shot Brits aged 50 and 28, were taken to hospital after the attack outside a hotel in the Argentine capital.

The father had been shot in the chest and died, while his son suffered a thigh wound.  The UK Foreign Office said it was supporting the family of two British men after an incident in Buenos Aires.

The men are said to have been hurt in a struggle as they were targeted by motorcycle robbers near the entrance to the Faena Art Hotel, in the waterfront Puerto Madero district of Buenos Aires, at about 11:00 local time (14:00 GMT).

A UK 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.”

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