ASUNCION – Two brothers of a man running for mayor of a town in northeastern Paraguay were gunned down and supporters of the candidate later burned a home belonging to those alleged to have ordered the murders, police said Wednesday.
Victor and Elvio Acosta, ages 32 and 34, respectively, were slain Tuesday in Ypehu, a municipality in Canindeyu province.
The victims’ brother, Vilmar Acosta, is running for mayor of Ypehu in the Nov. 7 elections. He belongs to the main opposition Colorado Party.
The two Acosta brothers were shot on the street by at least four men traveling in a car, police said.
After Vilmar Acosta publicly blamed the killings on the Gimenez Suarez family, some of the candidate’s followers set fire to an empty home owned by the family.
The press in Asuncion cited police sources as suggesting that the killings of the Acosta brothers could have been in reprisal for authorities’ recent seizure of more than five tons of marijuana thought to belong to the Gimenez Suarez clan.
Plots of marijuana are common in the wooded areas of Canindeyu and groups battling to control smuggling routes into neighboring Brazil often resort to hired gunmen to eliminate rivals. EFE