9 killed in massacre in northern Guatemala
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A military spokesman says that nine members of a family, including a baby and a young girl, were shot to death in a remote part of northern Guatemala.
Army spokesman Ismael Cifuentes says that a military helicopter and at least 90 soldiers are heading to the jungle region, which is difficult to reach.
According to Cifuentes, neighbors said the killings took place when two SUVs carrying armed men arrived at the family’s house. The gunmen opened fire on the family.
He said Saturday that eight people died at the site and a ninth succumbed after being taken to a hospital. Among the dead were a five-year-old girl and a three-month-old.
Authorities did not provide a motive, but Guatemalan government maps show Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel operating in the region.