A minister has reportedly been killed by striking miners in Bolivia.
The Bolivian government had earlier confirmed Deputy Interior Minister Rodolfo Illanes had been kidnapped and was at risk of torture.
Local media reports claimed Mr Illanes had since been beaten to death.
His death has yet to be officially confirmed.
Moises Flores, the director of a local radio station, told local media he had seen the body.
“We have been able to see close up that vice-minister Illanes was dead. Colleagues told us that he had died of a beating,” he said.
Protests by Bolivian miners turned violent this week after a road was blockaded.
Two workers were killed on Wednesday after being shot by police and the government said 17 police officers had been wounded.
Protesters have been demanding more mining concessions, the right to work for private companies, and greater union representation.