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Romero was intercepted by an armed commando when he was driving through the town in his vehicle, local media reported.

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Speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of suffering reprisals, a spokeswoman for the station told Reuters that Romero had received threats for his professional work.

According to a tally kept by Article 19, a nonprofit group dedicated to the protection of journalists, 141 journalists have been murdered in the country because of their work since 2000.

The tally does not include Romero.

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