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Jun142011

Amazon Activist Obede Loyla Sousa Killed in Brazil

Brand X Pictures/Thinkstock(PARA, Brazil) -- Brazilian authorities are strengthening security in the Amazon region after the number of activists killed over the last month in the area was brought to at least five with the shooting death of anti-logging campaigner Obede Loyla Sousa, 31, reports BBC News.

Sousa's body was found in the forest surrounding his home in Para.

Members of the Catholic Church's Pastoral Land Commission (CPT) told BBC News that Sousa had been receiving death threats after the 31-year-old activist argued with illegal loggers in the area who were allegedly chopping down chestnut trees.

An autopsy report showed Sousa was killed by a shot to the head, and while Sousa's death was confirmed Tuesday, police believe he was killed on Thursday.

Sousa's death is the fifth reported activist murder in the Para and Rondonia states, according to BBC News.

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