GEORGETOWN, Guyana: Gunmen stormed into a coastal village early yesterday and shot dead 11 people, President Bharrat Jagdeo said, in escalating violence blamed on a gang leader who has threatened widespread attacks.
The killings in Lusignan were the deadliest massacre in this small South American nation in more than 30 years, and came hours after gunmen attacked police headquarters in the capital, firing indiscriminately and wounding two guards.
Three children were among the dead in Lusignan, located seven miles east of Georgetown, the capital.
“This could not have been done by human beings, but rather by animals,” Jagdeo said as he prepared for meetings with security officials and the military.
He said he would go to the village to meet with grieving relatives later in the day.
On Wednesday night, suspected gang members killed a Guyanese soldier during a gunbattle in Buxton, a village two miles from Lusignan. Police and government officials say they suspect a gang led by Rondell Rawlins, a former Guyanese soldier, is behind the violence.
Rawlins has accused security forces of kidnapping his pregnant 18-year-old girlfriend days ago and police said he threatened to carry out attacks until she is found. Police stated they are probing the woman's disappearance. Rawlins is accused of being a crime boss since 2002, and blamed him for the April 2006 slaying of Agriculture Minister Satyadeo Sawh – a murder that authorities said was aimed at destabilising this former Dutch and British colony.
Reacting to the massacre in Guyana, Congress of the People (COP) in a release said that the growing trend of marauding gangs who now operate throughout the Caribbean with impunity must be reversed. COP urged regional governments, including the TT Government to offer logistical and technical support. “It may be time that the Regional Task Force be placed on standby,” COP said.
Independent Senator Gail Merhair said “the Regional Security Services should be strengthened to give quick and aggressive assistance to one another, especially in times of crisis.”
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And why the fock this mudder cont newspaper asking the opinion of the COP.
Who the fock is them and that PNM bottom licker Gail Merhair?