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  HOME | Central America

One Dead, Four Wounded in Attacks on Buses in Guatemala

GUATEMALA CITY – One person was killed and four others wounded Wednesday in several separate attacks on buses in the Guatemalan capital, first responders said.

The fatality was identified as a bus driver, while four passengers were struck by bullets and survived.

A second bus driver escaped harm by dropping to the floor when assailants opened fire on his bus.

Money extorted from bus operators is a major source of income for criminal gangs in Guatemala, where each day sees an average of 16 homicides.

Two people died and 17 were hurt a year ago in a bombing that came amid a wave of attacks on buses.

Those attacks were thought to be a response from the gangs to the government’s announcement of tougher public safety measures.

Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador make up the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America, one of the most crime-ridden regions on the planet.

 

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