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Clash over development plans in Guatemalan town leaves 6 dead from gunshots and machete wounds

  • A resident pauses to look at a taped off area, where a body lies wrapped in a black bag, in Pajoques, Guatemala, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. An argument over plans to build a factory and highway in the village west of Guatemala City provoked a violent clash late Friday that has left at least six people dead and dozens of others seriously wounded. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    A resident pauses to look at a taped off area, where a body lies wrapped in a black bag, in Pajoques, Guatemala, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. An argument over plans to build a factory and highway in the village west of Guatemala City provoked a violent clash late Friday that has left at least six people dead and dozens of others seriously wounded. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • Three vehicles burned during an argument over plans to build a factory and highway, sit on a roadside in Pajoques, Guatemala, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Violence broke out late Friday, leaving 6 dead and others seriously wounded, when residents supporting the development projects argued with opponents, who say construction of the regional highway and a cement factory will damage their lands, according to Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    Three vehicles burned during an argument over plans to build a factory and highway, sit on a roadside in Pajoques, Guatemala, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. Violence broke out late Friday, leaving 6 dead and others seriously wounded, when residents supporting the development projects argued with opponents, who say construction of the regional highway and a cement factory will damage their lands, according to Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • The body of an unidentified man lies on a black tarp next to evidence collected by police, in Pajoques, Guatemala, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. An argument over plans to build a factory and highway in the village west of Guatemala City provoked a violent clash late Friday that has left at least six people dead and dozens of others seriously wounded. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    The body of an unidentified man lies on a black tarp next to evidence collected by police, in Pajoques, Guatemala, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. An argument over plans to build a factory and highway in the village west of Guatemala City provoked a violent clash late Friday that has left at least six people dead and dozens of others seriously wounded. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

An argument among villagers over plans to build a cement factory and a highway erupted into a battle with guns and machetes, killing at least six people and seriously wounding dozens, authorities said Saturday.

At least six vehicles and a house were burned in Pajoques, a town about 25 miles (40 kilometers) west of the capital, Guatemala City.

The violence broke out late Friday when residents supporting the development projects argued with opponents, who say the construction would damage their lands, Interior Minister Mauricio Lopez Bonilla told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Lopez Bonilla, who visited the town after the violence, said the dead had gunshot and machete wounds. Preliminary reports said five of the victims were members of the same family.

The interior minister said authorities were searching the town for any other casualties.

Officials said they had located some witnesses and would shelter them away from the community.