Peru’s former President Alan García has shot himself as police came to arrest him.

Casimiro Ulloa hospital in the capital, Lima said he was in surgery where he was being treated for “a bullet wound to his head.

Mr. García is accused of taking bribes from a Brazilian construction company – claims he has repeatedly denied.

Officers had been sent to arrest him in connection with the allegations.

Mr Garcia asked to make a phone call and went into a room and closed the door.

Minutes later, a shot rang out, Mr. Morán said. Police forced the door open and found Mr Garcia sitting on a chair with a bullet wound to his head.

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