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Ex-Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet Dies


General Pinochet died of a complications of a heart attack Sunday at a military hospital in the capital Santiago.

He was 91. A government spokesman said General Pinochet's funeral on Tuesday will be with full military honors, but there will be no state funeral or national period of mourning.

General Pinochet remains a polarizing figure in Chile. Some view him as a hero who saved the nation from communism, others as a criminal who committed a string of human rights abuses during his 17 year rule.

General Pinochet seized power in 1973, with the backing of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, overthrowing elected socialist President Salvador Allende.

More than three-thousand people were killed or kidnapped for political reasons during his rule from 1973 to 1990.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and AP

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