Tuesday, May 25, 2010

60 gunmen attack town

At least 16 vehicles carrying 60 gunmen attacked the border-town of El Porvenir (near Ft Hancock, Texas), resulting in 2 police cars being burned and 2 people killed last Sunday night. Officials stated that the gunmen were armed with various high calibre rifles including .50 Barret and several hand grenades. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/notas/682921.html

And, from Molly Molloy of Frontera List: In Juárez there were 8 killings yesterday with one incident that saw three lawyers shot in front of the office of the Federal Attorney General (the PGR state delegation) in Juarez with one dying while another man was taken to the hospital. Also, group of four young people (3 men and a woman) were selling candy on the street as part of their work for the Rehab Center "Liberacion" in the Hacienda de la Torres neighborhood. It is common for the inmates/patients of a center to sell stuff to help pay for their care. They were "hunted down" and shot. Three of them died from bullet wounds to the head and were found along the streets of the neighborhood. The fourth victim survived and was taken to the hospital. El Diario mentions 3 rehab center attacks in 2009. In June, 5 people identified as members of the Mexicles gang were killed in a rehab center in La Chaveña; on Sept 2, 17 people were shot to death in the rehab center Casa Aliviane; and on Sept 15, 10 people were murdered in a center called Anexo de Vida. The article does not mention the attack on the CIAD #8 rehab center on August 13 2008 where 9 people were gunned down during a prayer meeting. http://www.diario.com.mx/nota.php?notaid=afc089aed9352eeff595a47970b07091

The governor of the state of Nayarit, Ney González announced that he is replacing all his upper staff in the police forces because of their ineffectiveness in combating the rise in violence in the city of Tepic, especially the gun-battles and executions that are taking place on the streets on an almost a daily basis.

And, in Monterrey, Nuevo León, the entire municipal police department was ordered to remain in their barracks so every officer can be subject to "confidence tests" (5 various tests which include the polygraph, drug testing and income means test). This involves 594 police officers and 14 commanders. In the last 6 months, 180 police officers have been fired on corruption-related charges and the army has documented several instances where the police agency has been infiltrated by agents of the Los Zetas cartel. The police officers were given a chance to quit the force prior to undertaking the exams without financial penalty...up to 30 officers chose this route.

For a map of the killings: click: Narco-killings


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