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Former Honduran president’s son assassinated as he leaves nightclub

Three more youths were also killed in the attack attributed to Mara Salvatrucha.

Four young men, including the son of former Honduran President Porfirio Lobo Sosa (2010-2014), were assassinated early Thursday as they left a nightclub in Tegucigalpa.

Omar Lobo Bonilla, son of the former president and crime victim; The rest of the dead were identified as Luis Armando Zelaya Rivera, a cousin of Romeo Vazquez Velazquez, former chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces; Salomon Vasquez, son of a retired soldier; and Norlan Enrique Rivera Rodriguez, Lobo Bonilla’s driver and security.

El Heraldo reported that the incident occurred at 2:30 a.m. (local time) near Morazán Boulevard in the Honduran capital.

According to Romeo Vásquez Velásquez, the youths left the nightclub, got into two vehicles and were stopped by armed men who forced them to leave and pierced them with bullets.

The retired general called for a review of defense policy after condemning the act. “It has the characteristics of a function,” he commented; However, he pointed out that it is up to the specialized bodies to provide the explanation.

Another son of Lobo is saved

Lobo Sosa visited the crime scene. “These are things that happen, they are hurtful things,” said the former chief of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noting that it was not yet known whether the attack was “directed” or not, as they were all youths. people and killed them.

However, he pointed out that those who killed his son were “trained”.

According to the former president, another of his sons, Luis Lobo Bonilla, was among the dead during the massacre; However, he saved his life as he got into another car.

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“Nothing happened to my other son because he drove the car, the other car,” he declared.

Who is responsible?

National Police Director Gustavo Sánchez attributed the crime to Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). “The aim is to cause chaos, instability and terror,” the official said.

A video released by several Honduran media shows the moment a group of masked and dressed as agents of the National Resistance and Gang Squad (Fnamp) get out of a pick-up vehicle and enter the parking lot. Lot., two vehicles carrying victims were about to leave.

There, they point at them, take them out of their cars, put them against the wall and then kill them.

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