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Guatemala: Mob kills village mayor after separate attack on political rival left 2 girls dead

  • A man cries over the coffin of Mayor Bacilio Juracan who was killed by a mob on Sunday in reprisal for an attack on a political rival that resulted in the death of two teenage girls, in Concepcion, west of Guatemala City and near the popular tourist destination of Lake Atitlan, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Villagers blamed Juracan for an attack Sunday on former mayoral candidate Lorenzo Sequen, who was riding in a pickup with relatives when about 10 armed and masked men opened fire. Sequen's daughter and niece, both 17, were shot dead, and at least five others, including Sequen, were wounded. (AP Photo/Gustavo Giron)

    A man cries over the coffin of Mayor Bacilio Juracan who was killed by a mob on Sunday in reprisal for an attack on a political rival that resulted in the death of two teenage girls, in Concepcion, west of Guatemala City and near the popular tourist destination of Lake Atitlan, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Villagers blamed Juracan for an attack Sunday on former mayoral candidate Lorenzo Sequen, who was riding in a pickup with relatives when about 10 armed and masked men opened fire. Sequen's daughter and niece, both 17, were shot dead, and at least five others, including Sequen, were wounded. (AP Photo/Gustavo Giron)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers patrol past the burnt remains where a vehicle was torched, during the funeral of Mayor Bacilio Juracan who was killed by a mob on Sunday in reprisal for an attack on a political rival that resulted in the death of two teenage girls, in Concepcion, west of Guatemala City and near the popular tourist destination of Lake Atitlan, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Villagers blamed Juracan for an attack Sunday on former mayoral candidate Lorenzo Sequen, who was riding in a pickup with relatives when about 10 armed and masked men opened fire. Sequen's daughter and niece, both 17, were shot dead, and at least five others, including Sequen, were wounded. (AP Photo/Gustavo Giron)

    Soldiers patrol past the burnt remains where a vehicle was torched, during the funeral of Mayor Bacilio Juracan who was killed by a mob on Sunday in reprisal for an attack on a political rival that resulted in the death of two teenage girls, in Concepcion, west of Guatemala City and near the popular tourist destination of Lake Atitlan, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Villagers blamed Juracan for an attack Sunday on former mayoral candidate Lorenzo Sequen, who was riding in a pickup with relatives when about 10 armed and masked men opened fire. Sequen's daughter and niece, both 17, were shot dead, and at least five others, including Sequen, were wounded. (AP Photo/Gustavo Giron)  (The Associated Press)

Authorities say a mob has killed a village mayor in western Guatemala in reprisal for an attack on a political rival that resulted in the death of two teenage girls.

Prosecutors' office spokeswoman Julia Barrera on Monday confirmed the death of 43-year-old Bacilio Juracan, mayor of Concepcion. The town lies about 110 miles (180 kilometers) west of Guatemala City, near the popular tourist destination of Lake Atitlan.

Villagers blamed Juracan for an attack Sunday on former mayoral candidate Lorenzo Sequen. Sequen was riding in a pickup with his family when several armed men opened fire, killing Sequen's daughter and niece, both 17. Other relatives were injured.

Hours later, hundreds of people surrounded city hall and a home where the recently re-elected mayor had sought refuge, and burned him to death.