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The government of Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has condemned the deadly bus bombing on Monday as a ‘terrorist act’ and announced the arrest of four individuals including the female ring leader.
19-year old ‘La Paquetona’, a.k.a. ‘The Big Package’ is accused along with three man of planting an explosive device on a local bus in Guatemala city leaving seven dead, including two young children, and injuring 15 others.
La Paquetona, whose real name is not being disclosed is part of an elaborate extortion gang not affiliated with drug cartels that extort money from transportation companies, bus divers or even passengers. If the so-called protection is not paid an act of violence follows. Last year between January through November $1.5 million in extortion money was paid and 170 transportation employees killed.