A Canadian citizen was stabbed to death on Friday in the Chilean port of Valparaiso while he was strolling with his family in a hillside tourist areas, local media and police said.

Global Affairs Canada confirmed the death.

“Consular officials stand ready to provide assistance to the victim’s¬†family,” spokesperson Stefano Maron said in a statement. “Consular officials are in contact with local authorities to gather additional information. To protect the privacy of the individual concerned, further details on this case cannot be released.”

According to the newspaper La Tercera, which cited police sources, the victim was killed at around noon when he tried to resist the theft of his backpack by two assailants, who fled.

The police murder unit in Valparaiso confirmed the death to Reuters but did not provide any details.

According to La Tercera, the Canadian family resides in Chile’s capital Santiago, about 100 kilometres¬†from the port.



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