Eleven women have died violently in several attacks over the past 24 hours in Guatemala, authorities reported Sunday.
The National Civil Police, or PNC, reported that 10 women died in three different armed attacks around the country and the body of a woman who had disappeared was located bearing marks of violence.
On Saturday afternoon, four women - a 59-year-old woman and her three daughters, ages 35, 27 and 20 - were murdered inside their home in the town of Aguamecate, in Jalapa province, some 140 kilometers (87 miles) southeast of the capital.
A PNC spokesman told reporters that men armed "with pistols and machetes" entered the women's home and killed them while they slept.
A few hours later, on a road near the village of Chiramay, in Chiquimula province, 175 km (109 mi.) southeast of Guatemala City, unknown killers shot three females - ages 47, 25 and 12 - to death.
In another attack staged by presumed hitmen, two women, ages 18 and 20, were murdered in the town of Santa Elena Barillas, about 17 km (11 mi.) southeast of the capital.
In addition, a 16-year-old girl was shot to death by unknown killers in the town of Colomba Costa Cuca, in Quetzaltenango province, some 230 km (143 mi.) southwest of the capital.
And emergency authorities found the body of a 58-year-old woman who had been missing for five days on the bank of a river near the city of Quiche, some 200 km (124 mi.) north of Guatemala City, her corpse showing signs of violence.
According to government figures, so far this year some 600 women have been murdered in Guatemala, 16 percent more than during the same period in 2012. EFE