U.S. tourist hacked to death with machetes
| August 11, 2008 at 12:33 pm
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A retired American couple who make their home in Anchorage Alaska were met with violence in Guatemala while resupplying their sailboat. Reports say 4 men boarded the boat with machetes that "seemed liked curved swords" late on Saturday evening while it was anchored in Lake Izabel. The attackers found little cash on the boat and went on to demand keys to the vessel or its dinghy, but when they were unable to get keys the men exited the boat. The wife who survived the attack struggled over to the boat's radio and sent out a distress call. "I said we need help. ... I said my husband was not moving," Lake Izabal is near Guatemala's Caribbean coast. It is a popular Jungle area abundant in wildlife.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala (AP) -- Robbers armed with machetes hacked a U.S. tourist to death and seriously wounded his wife in an attack aboard the couple's sailboat in northeastern Guatemala, the woman told The Associated Press.
In March, protesting farmers briefly kidnapped four Belgian tourists at Lake Izabal to press for the release of a jailed activist. They were released unharmed.
The Associated Press.
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