Thursday, April 22, 2010

Now it's scary for everyone else

In the rich section of Monterrey City, Nuevo León, at least 30 gunmen blocked off streets and then "commandeered" 2 hotels, the Holiday Inn and the Misión, early yesterday morning. They searched several floors and hotel rooms, accompanied by someone with their hands bound (that the gunmen had brought with them) and then left with 7 hostages. The hostages were guests and businessmen from Mexico City and Reynosa, Tamaulipas. The gunmen also took the hotels' registration lists as well as their computers which contained guest data and security recordings.

It wasn't just kidnappings though, yesterday also had another 35 murders including 4 women (Chihuahua and Sonora), a girl of 9 years old (Guanajuato) and 2 boys, 16 and 17 years old (Chihuahua). Chihuahua was particularly deadly with 24 deaths, despite all the attention placed upon it by state and federal authorities. Cuernavaca, Morelos (a favorite vacation spot for many from Mexico City and which has a large ex-pat community of Americans and Canadians) added 2 more deaths to its growing count of narco-related murders and executions. 

This brings the total to 3,176 (4,176) for 2010. 

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