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Guatemala Arrests 2 in Folk Singer Killing

People stand in front of the coffin of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral during his funeral service at the ND Ateneo theater in the center of Buenos Aires, July 12, 2011

Guatemala has arrested two men in connection with the fatal shooting of Argentine folk singer Facundo Cabral Saturday in Guatemala City.

News reports Tuesday quote a spokesman for the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala, Diego Alvarez, as saying one of those arrested had hired gunmen who carried out the killing.

Reuters news agency quotes Alvarez as saying one arrested suspect was driving one of the cars involved in the shooting.

Officials say the 74-year-old Cabral was headed to the airport when attackers fired on the vehicle he was in, killing him.

Argentine singer Facundo Cabral performs in a concert in Quetzaltenango July 7, 2011
Argentine singer Facundo Cabral performs in a concert in Quetzaltenango July 7, 2011

The performer was one of Latin America's most famous folk singers. His body was brought home to Argentina Tuesday on a Mexican Air Force jet. He is expected to be cremated on Wednesday.

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has blamed organized criminals for Cabral's death and says there are indications the assailants were targeting Henry Farinas, a Nicaraguan concert promoter who was driving the vehicle carrying Cabral. Farinas was wounded in the shooting.

Cabral became famous in the 1970s as a protest singer. He went into exile in Mexico after Argentina came under military rule in 1976.

One of his most well-known songs, "No Soy de Aqui, Ni Soy de Alla," - "I'm Not From Here Nor There," - was covered by many other artists, including Spanish singer Julio Iglesias.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.