sábado, 29 de diciembre de 2012

Cartel gunmen shot dead in eastern Mexico

Mexican troops shot dead four gunmen and presumed members of The Zetas drug cartel who sought to rob the body of a local Zetas chief shot earlier by soldiers in the east-coast state of Veracruz, El Universal reported on 29 December. The daily stated that the Zetas chief for the Córdoba district - dubbed El Pokemón - was killed on 27 December and his identity confirmed on 28 December. That night armed men sought to take his body from a hall or public building where it was kept under armed guard; four suspects were killed in the attempt. This was the second Zetas chief to be killed in Veracruz in recent days. The Defence Ministry stated on 25 December that it deployed some 5,000 troops in the state of Veracruz on the President's orders, to boost security over the Christmas period, El Universal reported. In separate incidents: three men were shot dead late on 28 December in the northern city of Torreón, while in the western state of Michoacán, an official of the Michoacán prosecutor's office was kidnapped on 24 December and found dead on Christmas Day. Gilberto Alonso Sagiante García was since February 2012 the head of Crime Prevention at the state prosecutor's office; his body was found by a road in the district of Pátzcuaro, El Universal reported on 29 December.