Honduran police say a total of 15 people have died in two massacres within a span of 12 hours.
Police say seven were shot in the capital of Tegucigalpa early Wednesday in the “Infiernito” neighborhood, while eight bus drivers were killed in the northern city of San Pedro Sula late Tuesday.
Police commissioner Leonel Sauceda says that in Wednesday’s attack, six people were pulled from their homes by armed young men and executed.
“These criminal acts, due to the dynamics in which they occurred, are conceived and carried out by gangs,” he added. Gangs regularly battle for territory across the country, providing them an area in which to sell drugs and commit extortions.
In the other slayings, six men in flak jackets and ski masks got off a bus at the transport terminal and shot the drivers one by one. Transport director Geovanny Dubon says the attack should be classified as “terrorism.”