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US Diplomat Found Dead in Madagascar

A suspect has been detained, State Department says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 25, 2018 7:17 AM CDT
Not many details are being offered about what led to the death of a US diplomat in Madagascar.   (Getty Images/vincent_ruf)

(Newser) – "A suspect is currently in custody." That, and a few sparse details, is all that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would offer Monday night on the death of an unnamed US diplomat on the island of Madagascar, NBC News reports. "We are deeply saddened to confirm that a US Foreign Service Officer was found dead in their residence in the early morning hours of Friday, September 21," Nauert said in a statement, adding that a joint probe with US and Madagascar authorities was underway and that there would be no further comment for now.

A local police rep tells AFP a man "was caught trying to jump the perimeter fence fleeing from the house." ABC News notes a State Department travel advisory from July warns that Madagascar "has experienced a dramatic spike not only in the number of crimes, but also in their severity and type, including armed attacks, robberies, and assaults," and that while "the majority of reported crimes were directed at Malagasy nationals … Westerners have likewise been targeted." (Read more diplomat stories.)

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