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Two Guatemalan Activists Killed

November 3, 1999

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) _ Gunmen shot and killed two supporters of the leading candidate in Guatemala’s presidential election Wednesday as the two were driving through the capital in a campaign truck.

The two men were campaigning for Alfonso Portillo Cabrera, a favorite in Sunday’s election.

Police said the unidentified gunmen killed Oscar Oliverio Cordon Paz, 46, and Edgar Alfredo Pinto Aparicio, 40, members of the opposition Guatemalan Republican Front party. Investigators found 88 bullet holes in the vehicle.

Gerson Lopez, spokesman for the police anti-narcotics department, hinted that the attack might be related to drug trafficking. He said police had been investigating Cordon for several months, because they believed he was linked to the cocaine trade and other crimes.

The Republican Front’s congressional leader, Aristides Crespo, denied the allegations, which he said were aimed at sabotaging the party before the elections.

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