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Guatemalan prosecutor shot dead
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A Guatemalan federal prosecutor has been killed by gunmen in the east of the country, police say.

Details are sketchy, but early reports quote police sources as saying Erick Galvez was killed by unidentified attackers in Chiquimula province.

He handled the country's most serious crimes such as homicide and drug trafficking, AP news agency reports.

Monday's shooting is the second such attack in a month against a top law enforcement official in Guatemala.

Efe news agency quotes government sources as saying Mr Galvez was gunned down as he left a courthouse in the city.

He had taken part in a case that resulted in a 30-year murder sentence just hours before the shooting, the Associated Press reports.

Police sources speculated that the case could have been the motivation for the attack, the agency says.

The Guatemalan authorities have condemned the killing.

Country profile: Guatemala
12 Mar 05 |  Country profiles


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