Travel Bulletin Guatemala: Deadly Public Bus Bombings Persist24 sec read
The New Year has not brought any relief to drivers and riders of Guatemala City’s public buses. At least five people were killed and many more injured yesterday in what was presumed to be another in a long line of bombings by criminal gangs that extort protection payments from bus operators. Altegrity International cites Guatemalan police estimates that in 2010 gangs extorted more than $1.5 million and killed at least 150 bus drivers and their assistants. Observers and travelers to Guatemala have been warning of these risks since 2008.