domingo, 28 de julio de 2013

Criminals kill 16 around Mexico including admiral, policeman and son

Sixteen at least were reported killed around Mexico in the recent wave of crimes thought related to drugs and cartels, including "two youngsters" found tortured and shot in the western state of Michoacán and a vice-admiral shot in an ambush in that state. Vice-Admiral Carlos Miguel Salazar Ramonet, head of the Eighth Naval Zone based in Puerto Vallarta, was killed when gunmen fired on his car on 28 July in the district of Churintzio; his driver and a bodyguard were also said killed, the newspaper Milenio reported, observing that the area had in recent weeks become the setting of enhanced security and troop presence. Milenio reported no less than seven killings on 27-28 July in Acapulco on the Pacific coast; the victims were four presumed members of a family shot in a house and three taxi drivers shot on 27 July. Four others were reported killed in three different states on 27 or 28 July. These were: two men shot in a bar in the south-central city of Oaxaca - police later caught four armed suspects identified as the culprits - a man found dead in Mexico City and another, found dead in San Francisco del Oro in the northern state of Chihuahua. In the north-central state of Querétaro, the former mayor of Tequisquiapan was described as in a grave or critical state after he was shot in the face by thieves who had entered his house, Milenio reported on 28 July. The bodies of two "tortured and executed" youngsters were found early on 27 July in the district of Tocumbo in Michoacán, Proceso reported; police had yet to identify them. The state has become the setting of a struggle between the cartel Caballeros Templarios and residents of several districts who have formed militias or "community police forces," becoming thus targets of the cartel's vengence. In the east-coast state of Tabasco, the bodies of a policeman and his son were found that day at the back of a van in the district of Huimanguillo, Proceso reported. Locals found them beneath "suitcases and cardboard boxes;" they appeared to have been machine-gunned to death. Authorities in Tabasco announced they had detained six suspected kidnappers said involved in "at least 10" kidnappings in the districts of Villahermosa, Cunduacán and Cárdenas, Proceso reported on 27 July.