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Chile tightens security after officer killed following raid of indigenous community

A Chilean police officer has died after being shot in a Mapuche Indian community, and the government says it's taking measures aimed at boosting security.

The authorities said police Sgt. Hugo Albornoz died on Monday night after being shot in the neck following a raid in an indigenous community near the town of Ercilla.

Interior Minister Rodrigo Hinzpeter traveled to the region to discuss measures to control such violence.

During the raid, the authorities said a man and two women had been detained as part of an investigation into violent acts in the area.

The Mapuche organization Meli Wixan Mapu said that during the raid, police ransacked and damaged eight homes.

The police officer's death came after other violent incidents in recent days. On Friday, two logging trucks were burned by unidentified attackers.

Small groups of Mapuche Indians have periodically attacked police while demanding land rights and autonomy. Police have also been accused of violent abuses in the indigenous communities.

Hinzpeter didn't detail the government's plans for new security measures but said a committee was being formed in the region of Araucania to consider responses.