lunes, 7 de octubre de 2013

Police shoot gangsters in eastern Mexico, five executed in western state

Federal and state police in Mexico shot dead four "presumed criminals of the Zetas" cartel in operations in Villahermosa and Cárdenas in the east-coast state of Tabasco, also arresting 10 suspects and freeing three individuals thought to have been kidnapped, the review Proceso reported on 6 October. The operation "began" on 5 October with the arrests of two individuals for speeding in the city of Villahermosa, the review cited the state's Public Security Secretary Audomaro Martínez Zapata as saying. Their car was found to have assault weapons, which led to interrogations and to police moving against two hideouts outside those districts where shooting broke out. Police separately reported that five men including two thought to be members of a local civilian militia were found dead, presumably executed, in the western state of Michoacán on 4-5 October, Proceso reported. Several self-defence groups have emerged in Michoacán and elsewhere since 2012 to protect residents from violence and extortions by cartels or local gangs. Three of the victims here, thought to belong to the self-defence group of the district of Reyes, were found in the district of Peribán; they were found blindfolded and their bodies displayed "torture signs," the review stated. The bodies of two unidentified men were found in Yurécaro near the frontier of the states of Jalisco and Michoacán, also blindfolded and apparently "tortured" previously. The review counted no less than six people shot dead on 3 October, in gang shootouts or between criminals and the army around the country.

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