lunes, 23 de julio de 2012

FARC bomb Colombian pipeline, oil pours into river

Suspected members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) bombed a pipeline in the department of Boyacá in northern Colombia on 21 July, provoking crude oil to pour into a nearby river and threatening waterways in Colombia and Venezuela, Europa Press reported on 23 July, citing local media reports and official declarations. The pipeline was blown up near La Blanquita in the municipality of Cubará, provoking a crude spill into the Róyota river, a tributary of the Arauca, which flows into Venezuela. Several aqueducts were said to be threatened, though troops were working to contain the oil with sandbags, Colombia's Mines Minister Mauricio Cárdenas Santamaría declared. He said the nation rejected such "acts of terrorism."

Press reports a dozen criminal deaths around Mexico

Four policemen including a municipal commander were killed in a shootout on 21 July in Vista Hermosa outside Morelia, western Mexico, La Jornada reported on 22 July, citing Notimex. A truck driver was also killed as a convoy carrying 40 armed men first subjected a petrol station then municipal government offices to gunfire. The army arrived after the gunmen had fled. Separately, a federal policeman was killed and three injured on 22 July when gunmen ambushed a police convoy on the road between Monterrey and Nuevo Laredo, northern Mexico, Notimex reported on 23 July. In the northern city of Chihuahua, four members of a family were shot dead at home by gunmen on 22 July, Notimex reported. Three died instantly, one later in hospital. On 19 July, police found near the capital a man's body inside a large tank, buried in 100 kilograms of cement, Notimex reported, citing police statements. The 33-year-old reportedly disappeared late on 20 June after leaving a Mexico City nightclub with an unspecified companion. Police believe the two went to the companion's house in the district of Cuajimalpa, west of the capital. The companion is thought to have left his or her house the next morning, and was being sought.