sábado, 31 de agosto de 2013

Kidnappings increased in Mexico in 2013, murders said reduced

Kidnappings reported in Mexico increased 21 per cent year-on-year in the period from 1 December 2012 to 31 July 2013 - the first eight months of the government presided by Enrique Peña Nieto - while reported murders or "intentional homicides" fell 13 per cent in that period, Milenio reported on 31 August, citing the National Public Security System (SNSP, Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública), an Interior Ministry agency. The SNSP compiled its figures for a range of crimes from those reported to authorities in all the Mexican states, although Milenio's report suggested that the homicide figures excluded "federal offences," which are usually linked to organised crime and the cartels. It was not immediately clear then if figures cited included all reported murders; figures cited in any case excluded unreported crimes. There were 1,032 reported kidnappings in the eight-month period, compared to 809 reported from 1 December 2011 to 31 July 2012. The number of murders counted for that period was 12,595, compared to 14,621 reported for the December 2011-July 2012 period; the number of murders given for the first seven months of 2013 was 10,899 of which the greatest number, 1,649, occurred in April, Milenio reported. The daily separately cited the internal affairs secretary of the state of Sinaloa in north western Mexico, as saying that reported murders had dropped 50 per cent in Sinaloa and 70 per cent in Mazatlán on the Pacific coast, making that "the country's safest resort." Gerardo Vargas Landeros was also citing figures given by the SNSP though he did not cite a period, Milenio reported on 31 August.

FARC guerrillas kill five soldiers in Colombia

Five soldiers were killed in western Colombia on 30 August and one was missing after they were attacked with explosives by guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), media reported. The victims were an officer and four soldiers; the attack took place in the district of Rioblanco in the department of Tolima, Caracol reported. The army was looking for another soldier said to be missing after the attack, El Colombiano reported. This was the third deadly attack the FARC implemented against the Army since July, and readers' comments on websites indicated mounting anger against the Government's perceived weakeness with the FARC, currently engaged in peace talks with the state in Havana. A bomb attack on a police patrol in the town or locality of Miraflores in the south-eastern department of Guaviare was also provisionally attributed to the FARC. Six policemen were injured then, one badly, Caracol radio reported on 30 August. The FARC were separately thought to have kidnapped two individuals including a soldier, at an unspecified date in the western district of Palmira in Valle de Cauca, Caracol radio reported on 29 August. The Army was cited as declaring that the two were kidnapped in a rural locality called Potrerillos, reportedly by two guerrillas of the Gabriel Galvis mobile column. The FARC had pledged to end kidnappings, or at least civilian kidnappings, ahead of the peace talks that began in October 2012.