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President survives attack outside office

6/3/2010

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- The president of the Paraguay Olympic Committee says he has survived an armed attack in which an unknown gunman fired six shots at him from close range.

Ramon Zubizarreta said the attack took place Thursday when he was parking his vehicle outside his office in Asuncion.

He said an armed man jumped off a motorcycle and fired six shots at him from close range. Zubizarreta was not struck.

Zubizarreta said in an interview that he did not know the reason for the attack and said he had no known enemies.

Such attacks have become more frequent in recent years in the South American country where kidnapping and extortion are often the motives.