U.S. Supports Investigations into Attacks on Buses in Guatemala
By Dialogo January 28, 2011
U.S. anti-explosives agents are supporting the investigations into incendiary-bomb attacks on buses in Guatemala, attacks that have been attributed to gang members and have left nine people dead in January, the U.S. embassy announced on 26 January.
The members of the “Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were requested by the Guatemalan government after a bombing on 3 January that left nine dead,” the embassy affirmed in a statement.
On the same day, 26 January, two buses were set on fire, resulting in around 25,000 dollars in losses, although no injuries were reported, first responders and transport groups announced.
According to the American embassy in Guatemala, Washington is also offering technical assistance to the local police’s National Action Unit against Gang Growth.
Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom characterized the 3 January bus attack, which left nine people dead, as “terrorist.”