Battle Over Bus Routes Leaves 2 Dead in Dominican Republic
SANTO DOMINGO – Two men were fatally shot in the southern Dominican city of San Cristobal amid a dispute between rival groups of bus operators for control of routes, police said.

Witnesses told media outlets that bus driver Sixto Dicent and a fare collector identified only as Michael were killed by police.

Dicent was a leader of the bus drivers operating on a route linking San Cristobal with Santo Domingo, 26 kilometers (16 miles) away, via the town of Palenque, authorities said.

The Attorney General’s Office ordered an immediate investigation into Wednesday’s killings, which appear to be related to the conflict between members of two rival associations, Conatra and Fenatrano, for control of routes linking San Cristobal and the Dominican capital.

The dispute has led to vandalism and inconvenienced thousands of commuters, including students trying to get to school.

source: Latin American Herald Tribune

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