A New Zealand man has been killed in an attempted bag snatch
A Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson said the
ministry was aware of the "sad occurrence''.
"The New Zealand Embassy in Buenos Aires is liaising with the
local authorities to obtain details of the incident.''
First reports were that the man was an Australian.
The shooting happened near the World Cup Stadium Malvinas
Argentinas in the Parque General San Martin, Mendoza.
The tourist was walking with an Australian woman and a French
man when he was attacked, sources with the Ministry of
Security of Mendoza said.
The incident happened at 3.40pm on Monday (1.40am today NZT),
Two men on motorcycles attempted to grab a bag when there was
a struggle and the New Zealander was shot twice, police
director, Juan Carlos Caleri told reporters.
The pair on the motorbikes escaped.
Emergency services found the man dead at the scene,
cronica.com quoted Mr Caleri as saying.
A scene examination was carried out and the complex crimes
prosecutor, James Garay, questioned witnesses.
The victim and his companions were staying at the Itaka
Hostel in Mendoza.
Receptionist Emelio Montalbini told APNZ they had been
staying there for about three days.
The Australian and Frenchman were back at the hostel and were
distraught, he said.
It was not known if the dead man's family would travel to
Mr Montalbini confirmed that police had said the group was
targeted by two men on motorbikes who were trying to grab a
"He fall and they shot him."
It was a "strange" thing to happen, as the area was normally
very safe, Mr Montalbini said.
The incident happened about 2km from the hostel.
Mr Montalbini said he worked nights, but had seen the victim
once, and had spoken with him for a few minutes.