Alan Garcia during a meeting in Lima. File / Cris Bouroncle / AFP
Peru's former president Alan Garcia died in a hospital in Lima on Wednesday after shooting himself as police arrived at his house to arrest him in connection with a bribery probe, authorities said.
Garcia, who had repeatedly denied wrongdoing, was 69.
President Martin Vizcarra said on Twitter that he was "consternated" by Garcia's death, and sent his condolences to his family members.
Garcia shot himself early on Wednesday after police arrived at his home in the capital Lima to arrest him in connection with a bribery investigation, a police source said.
He underwent emergency surgery at the Casimiro Ulloa hospital and suffered three cardiac arrests, Health Minister Zulema Tomas said in broadcast comments.
She said he was in "very critical" condition.
Local TV channel America reported Garcia was in a coma and broadcast images of Garcia's son, supporters and lawmakers entering the hospital, where police in riot gear stood by.
"Let's pray to God to give him strength," Erasmo Reyna, Garcia's lawyer, told journalists at the hospital.
Garcia, a skilled orator who has led Peru's once-powerful Apra party for decades, governed as a nationalist from 1985 to 1990 before remaking himself as a free-market proponent and winning another five-year term in 2006.
Garcia was under investigation in connection with Brazilian construction company Odebrecht, which triggered Latin America's biggest graft scandal when it admitted publicly in 2016 that it won lucrative contracts in the region with bribes.
Last year, Garcia asked Uruguay for political asylum after he was banned from leaving the country to keep him from fleeing or obstructing the investigation. Uruguay rejected the request.
Garcia has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
At least 20 people were killed and about a dozen injured on Sunday night in a bus fire at a Peruvian transport terminal, the emergency services said.
A Palestinian was shot dead by Israelis on Wednesday, the Israeli military and a witness said.
The bodies of two victims from New Zealand's mosques mass shooting were carried in open caskets on the shoulders of mourners into a large tent at Christchurch's Memorial Park Cemetery on Wednesday - the first burials of the 50 victims.
Hospital sources also said Japanese citizens were among those injured by the bombs which ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services.
Paris prosecutors have launched an investigation after French anti-government protesters in the latest of a series of demonstrations shouted slogans mocking police over a spate of recent suicides in the force, judicial sources said on Sunday.
'Terrorists are those who betray worshippers in their places of worship, plant fear in their hearts and try to ignite religious conflicts in societies'
The UAE Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, adopted the National Artificial Intelligence Strategy 2031 during its meeting at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.