QUICHEE, Guatemala (Reuters) -- An enraged Guatemalan mob on
Wednesday torched the bodies of three bank robbers shot by police, and
then threw a captured gang member onto the pyre to be burned alive,
Mardoqueo Diaz of the police force in El Quichee, 150 miles north of the
capital Guatemala City, said a 15-strong gang tried to rob a bank but guards
fought them off, killing three. Another robber was captured by townspeople.
Diaz said local people forced the police to hand over the bodies of the
criminals and set them alight in front of the bank. The local residents then
threw the captured man into the flames, burning him alive.
"The rest got away," said Diaz. Soaring crime has led to a vigilante backlash
in Guatemala, where the death penalty has won wide popularity. Guatemala
this year replaced firing squads with lethal injections.
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