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Authorities investigate Argentinian governor's death

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 10:29 AM EST, Sun January 1, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A spokesman confirms Gov. Carlos Soria's death, but does not provide additional details
  • State media reports that he was shot in the face
  • Soria, 61, became governor in Rio Negro in December

Buenos Aires (CNN) -- Authorities were investigating Sunday after a gunshot wound to the face killed the governor of Argentina's Rio Negro province, state media reported.

The shooting occurred around 4:45 a.m. Sunday in Gov. Carlos Soria's official residence, the state-run Telam news agency reported.

A province spokesman confirmed his death, but did not provide additional details about the shooting, the agency said.

Soria, 61, became the provincial governor December 10 after a political career that spanned decades and included stints as a national lawmaker and the head of Argentina's intelligence agency, Telam said.

CNN's Claudia Dominguez contributed to this report.

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