GUATEMALA CITY – Three officers were killed and seven others wounded in shooting attacks on six police stations in Guatemala City, National Civil Police (PNC) said on Tuesday.
In a television interview, PNC director Nery Ramos did not discount the possibility that the assaults were connected with Monday’s raid by security forces on a juvenile detention center where jailed members of the Barrio 18 gang had taken hostages.
The attacks Monday night left two officers dead, while a third later succumbed to his wounds at a Guatemala City hospital.
Security forces arrested 13 suspects who were found in possession of five assault rifles, four pistols, and two bulletproof vests, according to a police statement.
Authorities identified one of the suspects in custody as Elias Eduardo Ajanel Dominguez, 19, who was caught while attempting to flee one of the crime scenes on a motorcycle.
A 21-year-old civilian was also wounded in the shootings, authorities said.
Late Monday, security forces stormed the Etapa II detention center to rescue four guards being held hostage.
All four captives were wounded during the raid, one of them fatally.
Guatemala suffers an average of 16 homicides per day.