Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Mob burns school killer to death

People look at the body of a man who was lynched by a mob inside a school in San Juan Tactic, Guatemala (AP)

A vigilante mob in Guatemala has taken deadly revenge against a man who authorities said killed two children at a primary school.

Interior minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla said a drunken Julio Saquil entered the school in the northern province of Alta Verapaz on Wednesday and slit the throats of two children with a machete.

Mr Bonilla said a mob then set the 35-year-old man on fire on the school's patio and he burned to death.

The official said the bodies of the children had defensive wounds.

Lynch mobs are not uncommon in areas of Guatemala where police are scarce.

The country's human rights agency says 234 attempted lynchings took place in 2011 and at least 40 people were killed.

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