Sunday, May 16, 2010

High level politician missing

The stakes in Calderón's drug war have been raised yet again (as if they were not high enough with the average of 38 killings a day). An important PAN political leader and power-broker and ex-senator, Diego Fernández de Cevallos, has disappeared after he drove to his home in the municipality of Pedro Escobedo near the state capital Querétaro. His Hummer was discovered with its door open and blood in the interior. Mayors and chiefs of police have been targeted throughout Mexico but now with highlevel politicians in the gunsights of the narcos, is Calderón finally going to re-think his strategy?

There were 35 killings yesterday, including 4 police officers and one ex-police chief and his wife.

In Nombre de Dios, Durango 6 people were killed including 2 police officers on patrol, while in Torreón, Coahuila gunmen entered the cantina, "Bar Juanas VIP", and gunned down 8 and wounded another 19 (this attack is similar in nature to the one on 31 of January when gunmen shot up the bar "El Ferrie", killing 10 and wounding 15 others). According to police sources, there were several reports of gunfire throughout the city before the attack on the bar, diversions created to occupy the police in other locations so that the massacre could take place unimpeded.

In Sinaloa 6 more men were murdered as were 2 police officers in Guerrero, one in Tlalchapa and the other in La Unión (as well as 2 other police officers wounded). Jalisco had 3 executions, Chihuahua had 2 and Nuevo León one.

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


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