GUATEMALA CITY – One person was killed and four others wounded Wednesday in several separate attacks on buses in the Guatemalan capital, first responders said.
The fatality was identified as a bus driver, while four passengers were struck by bullets and survived.
A second bus driver escaped harm by dropping to the floor when assailants opened fire on his bus.
Money extorted from bus operators is a major source of income for criminal gangs in Guatemala, where each day sees an average of 16 homicides.
Two people died and 17 were hurt a year ago in a bombing that came amid a wave of attacks on buses.
Those attacks were thought to be a response from the gangs to the government’s announcement of tougher public safety measures.
Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador make up the so-called Northern Triangle of Central America, one of the most crime-ridden regions on the planet.