Skip to comments.Mexican gang violence kills 21
Posted on 02/11/2009 12:52:31 PM PST by AuntB
A drug gang kidnapped and killed six people near a town in the US-Mexican border region, prompting a series of gunbattles with soldiers that left 15 others dead.
The violence on Tuesday started when gunmen kidnapped nine alleged members of a rival drug gang in Villa Ahumada and later executed six of them along the PanAmerican highway outside of the town, 130km south of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, said Enrique Torres, spokesman for a joint military-police operation in Chihuahua State.
Assailants later released three of the men, although their whereabouts was not immediately known, Torres said.
Soldiers later caught up with the gunmen and a series of shootouts ensued, leaving 14 alleged gunmen and one soldier dead on Tuesday, Torres said. Another soldier was wounded.
Mexico has been besieged by drug violence amid a two-year government crackdown. President Felipe Calderon said on Monday that more than 6000 people have died in drug-related violence.
Villa Ahumada, a town of 1500 people, was virtually taken over by drug gangs last year when gangs killed two consecutive police chiefs, and two officers. The rest of the 20-member force resigned in fear, forcing the Mexican military to take over for months until the town was able to recruit new officers.
The towns mayor, Fidel Chavez, fled to the state capital for his own safety.
Also on Tuesday, Tijuana city police said emergency officials responding to a report of a car on fire found a sport utility vehicle engulfed in flames and two charred bodies inside.
And in Tepotzotlan, a small town outside Mexico City, two heads in coolers were found inside a car, according to an official with the Mexico state prosecutors office, who was not authorised to give her name. The heads were accompanied by a message threatening the municipal police chief. Decapitations have become commonplace in Mexicos drug violence.
In other violence late on Monday, armed men forced their way into a Mexican prison in Torreon, then killed three prisoners by beating them and setting them on fire in a bathroom. The assailants also freed nine inmates before escaping, state prosecutors said in a statement on Tuesday.
Fighting between rival gangs left another two inmates dead on Tuesday at an overcrowded prison in central Mexico, said Carlos Gil Abarca, a spokesman for the prevention and rehabilitation office of the Mexico state government.
Mexico, U.S.: A New Weapon in the Cartel Arsenal Wed Feb 11 12:02:55 2009 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2183376/posts
As yet another issue the US Gov’t will not get in front of despite the obvious peril...it chills me to think where this goes when it has to be taken care of in arrears, after these guys start gangland operations within the US.
How many of us said that if Mexico got any kind of aid in the WOD that it would end up in the wrong hands?
Our supply lines would have been much shorter if we just...
Send treats to the troops...
Great because you did it!
“....after these guys start gangland operations within the US.’
Too late. Over 200 Americans were kidnapped last year by these thugs. FBI estimates active cartel gang members in the hundreds of thousands, in the USA.
Drug gangs winning the war for Mexico-Violence poses a security threat to United States
“How many of us said that if Mexico got any kind of aid in the WOD that it would end up in the wrong hands?”
Indeed. And I’m sure this administration will send them even more.
"And in Tepotzotlan, a small town outside Mexico City, two heads in coolers were found inside a car, according to an official with the Mexico state prosecutors office, who was not authorised to give her name. The heads were accompanied by a message threatening the municipal police chief. Decapitations have become commonplace in Mexicos drug violence."
I’m thinking spring break in Cancun is going to be a little light this year.