Thursday, December 08, 2005

Costa Rica seeks answers over shooting

San Jose, COSTA Rica (AFP) - Costa Rica will seek an explanation from US authorities over the killing of a Costa Rica-born man by US air marshals on a plane in Miami, President Abel Pacheco (pictured) said today.

Rigoberto Alpizar, 44, was shot dead during an incident on a plane at Miami International Airport yesterday, apparently after shouting out that he was carrying a bomb.

Mr Alpizar, 44, was born in Costa Rica but moved to the United States 20 years ago.

"We are going to request an explanation, but we know they are going to respond that the United States is a country threatened by terrorism and that the man said that he was carrying a bomb," Mr Pacheco told the Monumental radio station.

"It was a painful event, but you have to understand the level of paranoia under which the Americans live regarding terrorism," the president said.

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