martes, 11 de septiembre de 2012

Colombian army kills guerrilla chieftain

Troops shot dead at an unspecified date in southern Colombia the deputy-head of Front Three of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), sought for his role in several deadly attacks on troops and police, Europa Press reported on 11 September, citing a defence ministry communiqué. Ramiro Guerrero Vargas, or Samuel, the Front's finance chief, was killed in a raid in the district of La Montañita in the Caquetá department. Troops also arrested a guerrilla dubbed Vladimir and freed a teenager or child who was handed over to child welfare officials. The ministry said 60 FARC guerrillas had been "neutralised" - killed or arrested - thus far in September.

Cartel "accountant" seized in northern Mexico

The army detained on 8 September José Lorenzo N. described as the Zeta drug cartel's "accountant" in the northern city of Monclova, El Universal reported on 11 September. The suspect was detained in Monclova in the northern state of Coahuila; his job included sending monies obtained from criminal activities to the cartel's boss Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano. Troops confiscated from him 35,000 USD, Mexican money equivalent to just over 80,000 USD, and items including a car and a rifle.

Sixteen bodies found in truck in western Mexico

The bodies of 16 people - apparently tortured and shot to death - were found on 10 September in a large truck outside Coyuca de Catalán, a municipality bordering the western states of Guerrero and Michoacán, following a suspected settling of accounts between criminal gangs, El Universal reported on 11 September. Messages left on the scene suggested the victims belonged to one cartel the Knights Templar (Los Caballeros Templarios) and were killed by rivals from La Familia Michoacana. Guerrero's state governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero said in response that he would ask for more troops at a meeting scheduled for 11 September with Mexico's interior minister Alejandro Poiré Romero, and questioned the impact of an ongoing anti-crime operation in western Mexico. Troops and police launched an operation on 23 July to reduce crime in nine districts of the area termed Tierra Caliente in Michoacán. This appears not to have worked; an operation spokesman was cited as qualifying the month of August in Michoacán as the most violent in 2012.