Assailants Kill 23 in Honduras Bus Attack
By FREDDY CUEVAS Associated Press Writer
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) -- Assailants claiming to be members of a revolutionary group opposed to the death penalty opened fire on a public bus in northern Honduras, killing at least 23 passengers and escalating an ongoing battle between gangs and a government dedicated to fighting them.
The shooting took place Thursday evening in the northern Atlantic city of Chamelecon, 125 miles north of the capital Tegucigalpa.
The assailants left a large piece of paper taped to the front windshield of the bus with a message saying they represented a revolutionary group that opposes the death penalty. The message contained "vulgar words" against congressional President Porfirio Lobo Sosa and Security Minister Oscar Alvarez, Torres said.
The note warned that "people should take advantage of this Christmas, because the next one will be worse," Torres said.
A "revolutionary group opposed to the death penalty" opens fire on a bus and kills 23 people. That's how twisted these people are. This war, like every other, will only be won when the hearts and minds of those committing these horrible acts are changed for the better. Or every terrorist is killed. Either way, we must continue the pursuit.