Masked individuals carrying weapons forcibly entered the studio of a public television channel in Ecuador during a live broadcast, threatening people on the set.
The intrusion occurred at the TC Television network in the port city of Guayaquil, with the armed men announcing the presence of “bombs” and creating an atmosphere of fear.
Distinctive sounds resembling gunshots were audible during the incident.
A wave of incidents, including explosions and the kidnapping of multiple police officers, has struck Ecuador following the government’s declaration of a state of emergency.
This response comes in the aftermath of the apparent escape of a prominent gang leader from prison.