Guatemalans bury 9 killed by guerrillas in 1982

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2011 5:19 PM
Guatemalans bury 9 killed by guerrillas in 1982

Residents of a rural Guatemalan town have finally buried in their own cemetery nine men killed by guerrillas in 1982.

The dead are back home in Patalcal in the state of Huehuetenango. They had been killed and left in a nearby town.

Relatives say the men were slain because they did not support attacks on the military during the Central American country's civil war.

A forensics organization exhumed the bodies in 2005 and stored them until donors gave the impoverished survivors money to pay for the coffins and Friday's burial ceremony.

After the war ended in the 1990s, a United Nations-backed commission attributed only about 3 percent of the more than 200,000 people killed to guerrilla attacks. It blamed the rest on the military.