Honduras Killings: 3 Arrested For Murdering Seven People, 8 Drivers Killed In Separate Incident
Three suspects who murdered seven people in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa in the early hours of Wednesday were captured by the security forces, a police spokesman said.Advertisement
Those arrested include two adult men and a minor. According to Fox Latino, the deceased were six men and one woman. The violent incident comes a day after eight public transportation drivers were killed at a bus terminal in the city of San Pedro Sula. Police say that 15 people have died in two massacres in a period of 12 hours. Six of the victims were pulled from their homes and murdered.
“I can’t feel anything other than pain, sadness, much sorrow for what happened … It hurts to see a scene like this,” Police commissioner, Leonel Sauceda, said. “But it’s not time to drop our guard. It’s time to keep fighting for the welfare of Honduras and this family that is suffering.”
The way the executions were carried out could suggest an attack by gangs battling for territory to charge extortion and sell drugs, Sauceda said. According to ABC News, a voodoo doll, which was stuffed with needles and bore Sauceda’s face, was discovered at one of the crime scenes.
The massacre of eight transport drivers occurred at a terminal outside the city of San Pedro Sula, where six men in flak jackets and ski masks got off a bus and opened fire. The attacks should be classified as an act of “terrorism,” according to transport director, Geovanny Dubon.
President Juan Orlando Hernandez condemned the killings. In a post on Twitter, he said, “Our solidarity with the families of innocent victims. The criminals will not stop us, we’re (a) people who want to live in peace (and) tranquillity.”
An average of 14 people each day fall victim to violence in Honduras. Majority of these killings are related to organized criminal groups, drug trafficking and gang activities. This year, the homicidal rate stands at 45 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants, while in 2011 around 91 homicides occurred per 100,000 inhabitants. Last year, 174 public transportation drivers were murdered, the government said. Thirty four drivers were reportedly killed in the first three months of 2015, according to the national human rights commissioner.