jueves, 1 de agosto de 2013

Dozen or more killed, found dead around Mexico at close of July

At least a dozen people were reported killed or found dead following presumed criminal incidents around Mexico on 30-31 July, the review Proceso reported, including five men five shot dead and left on the street in two different parts of the northern city of Saltillo early on 31 July. A unspecified message signed by one of the drug cartels was left by their bodies, Proceso reported, citing the office of the chief prosecutor of the state of Coahuila. The dozen included five others shot dead in the central Estado de México: four in a bar in the district of Nezahualcóyotl and one as he left his car in Naucalpán. In the northern district of Nuevo Laredo police freed 23 suspected migrants locked up in a half-built house; two individuals were later arrested, suspected of organising the group's kidnapping days before, Proceso reported on 31 July. The group included 10 Mexicans and 10 Central Americans thought to be heading for the United States and reportedly taken captive at an unspecified point in Mexico. Five teenagers playing baseball were separately reported kidnapped in the northern state of Chihuahua after an armed gang entered the pitch and took them away in the village of Loma Blanca on 24 July, Proceso reported on 31 July citing the Diario de Juárez. Relatives of some of the kidnapped were cited as expressing uncertainty over why their sons had been taken as nobody had contacted them to ask for money and they insisted their children were not involved in illegal activities. Relatives searched several localities in the surrounding Valle de Juárez hoping to find the youngsters, in vain. The daily Milenio reported on 1 August the detention so far of two suspects in relation with the disappearance on 6 July of a group of seven in the south-central state of Morelos. They had reportedly been invited to check out a real estate opportunity. The first detained was described as a gardener at the house the seven visited before they were presumably kidnapped, Milenio reported; they had yet to be found.