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Guatemala - 15 bodies found in burned-out bus

November 10, 2008 |  8:26 am

World Briefing this morning reports that the remains of 15 people were found in a burned-out bus on a rural road in eastern Guatemala.

It was not clear how the fire started, but firefighters found gasoline containers at the scene and said there was no evidence that any passengers had tried to escape.

Additional reporting by the BBC says that the bodies on the bus were so badly burned, their gender could not initially be established. The victims are thought to be from Nicaragua.

Holdups of buses by criminal gangs are common in Guatemala, a transit point for traffickers moving South American cocaine northward.

Click here for more on Nicaragua and here for more about Guatemala.

-- Deborah Bonello in Mexico City