Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Police in Guyana are now asking for more sophisticated weapons and a better force to handle the constant gunfights it encounters with armed groups in a small village called Buxton on the east coast of the country. Another standoff between the Buxton residents and the police has left two dead and several injured.
The armed group reportedly used tracer bullets and a .40 pistol was recovered after a two- hour gun battle with police in the village just 12 miles outside the countrys capital, Georgetown.
Two suspected members of the group were killed and a number of people received gunshot wounds as the attackers used flares to identify the police positions during the raid.
The group is believed to be threatening villagers who they suspect are co-operating with the police. They are also the chief suspects in the death of a policeman who was killed last Friday.