viernes, 21 de septiembre de 2012

Detained guerrilla dies in Venezuela

Luis Freddy Rojas Rincón, a member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) detained in Venezuela on 19 September died hours after his arrest, apparently for injuries sustained in the shootout that preceded his capture, reported on 20 September citing statements by the Colombian defence minister. Rojas belonged to Front 33 of the FARC and was sought for his role in a failed bomb attack in Bogotá last August. Separately, Colombian troops shot dead two guerrillas in an undated eight-hour battle in the southern Colombian department of the Cauca, El Correo reported on 20 September. One was Silvino Tapiero Castañeda - Aldemar - a 41-year-old junior commander and training officer thought to have spent  30 years with the FARC. The other - Robinson - was sought for his suspected role in a deadly bomb attack on the town of Villarrica in Cauca in February 2012.

Family murdered in Honduras, a possible vendetta

A family of 18 was murdered on an isolated farm on 20 September in the northern-eastern department of Olancho, Europa Press reported on 21 September, citing the police and witness statements. The victims of the massacre in the district of Dulce Nombre de Culmí were a couple in their 50s, their 10 children and their respective spouses and children; their half-burned bodies were found by the couple's elderly father, Leónidas Carrasco. He said he ignored the killing's motives, but police apparently suspected a vendetta, a custom among clans in Olancho.

Police arrest cartel operatives in Monterrey

Mexico's Federal Police announced on 20 September the arrest in Monterrey on 18 September of seven suspects including one identified as the presumed deputy-head of the Gulf Cartel for that city, EFE and Univisión reported on 20 September. Salvador Román García - El Tío - was arrested while "he was visibly armed in a car," police stated; his arrest followed the arrest in early September of the cartel's chief in Monterrey, dubbed El Comandante Diablo. Aside trafficking, García's duties included the kidnapping and murder of rival gangsters, particularly of The Zetas cartel, which is fighting the Gulf Cartel to control Monterrey and its environs. The detained were to be investigated for their suspected roles in crimes including several murders in Monterrey in the July-September period.

Venezuela holds drug baron's accomplices

Venezuelan authorities arrested on 20 September two accomplices of "Crazy Barrera," the Colombian drug lord arrested in Venezuela on 18 September, AFP reported citing declarations made in Washington DC by the Colombian police chief José Roberto León Riaño. The two were a woman dubbed "Rocío" and a man, "Lucho;" their arrest in Guanare in the western state of Portuguesa yielded six computers and 12 mobile phones, which could provide information allowing more arrests. "Rocío" was a link between Barrera and traffickers or associates; Lucho was described as a "trusted" companion who also acted as a driver. On 20 September the United States was formalizing its request for Barrera's extradition, though apparently he was first to be sent to Colombia.

Seven police officials killed around Mexico

Three security officials of the state of Tamaulipas were found dead in a car on 19 September in Nuevo Laredo by the US frontier, El Universal reported on 21 September. The three worked for the Tamaulipas Public Security Secretariat or police authority: they were its Police Strategy chief, the Armament officer and the head of Analysis, the state judiciary declared. On 20 September, three plainclothes policemen were shot dead outside a bank in Gómez Palacio, in the northern state of Durango, El Universal reported the next day. The policemen were gunned down from a convoy of three cars driving past; they were from the Estado de México, the state outside Mexico City. A municipal policeman was separately shot dead at an unspecified date in Atlahucan in the south-central sate of Morelos, the daily reported, citing declarations by the prosecutor-general's office. Also on 20 September three gunmen were killed in a shootout with police commandos in Piedras Negras by the US frontier, El Universal reported. Autorities were checking to ascertain if they were among 132 convicts who escaped from the Piedras Negras state prison on 17 September.