Gunmen execute six
-- in attack on Kaieteur News printery, two villages

AGONY: the mother of Mark Mikoo at the Kaieteur News printery after the massacre.

SHOCK: President Bharrat Jagdeo with Mrs. Bhena Lall, wife of Kaieteur news owner Mr. Glen Lall, at the Printery this morning.

A GANG of about 10 gunmen last night executed at least six persons in cold-blooded attacks on the Kaieteur News printery at Eccles and at Bagotstown, East Bank Demerara.

The gang stormed into the newspaper printery at about 22:00 h after a rampage at Bagotstown and Agricola where one person was shot dead and about three others wounded, witnesses said.

Employees at the Kaieteur News printery said they heard one of the gunmen shout If is trouble they want, they will get f..g trouble! as they swept into the building where they ordered printing staff to lie face down on the floor.

They then shot five of the employees in the head, killing four on the spot and the other died on the way to hospital, witnesses said.

Employees said among those killed at the newspaper printery were Chetram Persaud (also called Bayo); Mark Mikoo; Shazim and Richard.

Sources said the slaughter came after a skirmish between gunmen and a Police/Army patrol at Brusche Dam, Buxton, East Coast Demerara.

President Bharrat Jagdeo visited the newspaper printery at about 01:30 h today.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006