The Minister of the Environment of the Dominican Republic, Orlando Jorge Mera, on November 4, 2021.
The Minister of the Environment of the Dominican Republic, Orlando Jorge Mera, on November 4, 2021.Manu Moncada (EFE)

The Minister of the Environment of the Dominican Republic, Orlando Jorge Mera, died this Monday when he was shot in his office, according to political sources consulted by the Efe news agency. The Ministry of the Environment has not offered official information about what happened but, in an official note, expressed the institution’s “dismay” at the events that occurred.

Sources from the Ministry of the Environment of the Caribbean country quoted by the newspaper Accent They have reported that a total of seven detonations were heard in the office and that the attacker, who entered the room alone, escaped after firing the shots. Ministry workers have been evacuated and several ambulances and police officers have arrived at the scene.

“From the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources we are dismayed by the situation presented this Monday morning, so far we do not have details of the situation that occurred in the ministry’s facilities,” reads a tweet from the institution.

Orlando Jorge Mera was appointed Minister of the Environment in August 2020 by President Luis Abinader. After his appointment, he said that his mission was to work for proper environmental management and for compliance with the Constitution and laws, attached to transparency and public ethics.

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