Hells Angels boss Dani Death wounded in Argentine bikie shootout

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A shootout between two motorcycle gangs has left four people wounded in Argentina, authorities said, evoking scenes reminiscent of a Hollywood outlaw biker movie transplanted to the South American plains.

Some 150 bullets were fired outside a highway gas station as the Argentine chapter of the Hells Angels faced off against another local gang, Los Tehuelches, named for an indigenous group native to the region, officials said.

One witness said some of the bikers had a gun in each hand as they did battle on Saturday at an intersection some 70 kilometres west of Buenos Aires.

The four wounded included the leaders of both gangs, Dani Death (real name Dani Diaz Leon) of the Hells Angels and Leo Gatto of Los Tehuelches.

Police arrested both men, along with eight others.

Founded in the United States, the Hells Angels has branches in some 20 countries and is often implicated in drug and arms trafficking and other organised crime.

Los Tehuelches are a rival Argentine gang with neo-Nazi leanings and mainly police officers and retired policemen for members.

Dani Death, 54, a professional bodyguard who appears frequently on reality TV shows in Argentina, was hit seven times in the shootout despite wearing a bullet-proof vest.

He underwent surgery Monday for the second time in two days.

Police are investigating what caused the gangs to attack each other.

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