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Guatemala man burned alive after killing 2 children

Published on Sep 13, 2012 7:44 AM
Handout picture released by the Guatemalan Volunteer Firefighters showing people staring at the corpse of Julio Saquil, after being burnt alive in front a school at Tac Tic municipality of Alta Verapaz departament, 190 km north of Guatemala City on Sept 12,2012. Saquil, allegedly drunk, killed two children inside the school, official sources reported. -- PHOTO: AFP 

GUATEMALA CITY (AFP) - Outraged residents of an isolated village in northern Guatemala burned alive a man who allegedly was drunk when he killed two children at a local school, authorities said on Wednesday.

When residents of the indigenous town of Tac Tic in Alta Verapaz learned that Julio Saquil, 35, apparently hacked the children to death with a machete, they doused him with gasoline and set him alight.

Vigilante justice is common in Guatemala, where the ethnic Maya-language majority often distrust the justice system and the Spanish speaking government in the capital.