Armed group kills, beheads 11 in Nicaragua
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (Reuters) -- An armed gang massacred and beheaded 11
members of a family in a remote region of Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, leaving
their heads impaled on fence spokes, the police said on Friday.
Jamil Gutierez, police chief in Siuna, some 400 kilometers (280 miles)
the capital Managua, said four armed men attacked the family of Guadelupe
Montenegro -- a former leader of a demobilized leftist rebel group -- on
The attackers cut off their victims' heads and left them impaled on fence
around the house, he added.
The dead included Montenegro; his wife; a 22-year-old son; his mother-in-law,
70; and another family member. Six other bodies had still to be identified.
Five children survived, including a baby and a girl, 7, who suffered bullet
Montenegro's former rebel group, the Andres Castro United Front, was the
armed rebel group to demobilize in 1997. The group was among a series of right-
and left-wing groups that continued to carry arms after the official 1990 end of a
civil war between the former Soviet-backed Sandinista government and
U.S.-armed Contra insurgents.