lunes, 21 de octubre de 2013

"Clown" shoots Mexican mobster at birthday party, nine killed around country

A gunman reportedly dressed as a clown shot on 18 October a member of Mexico's Tijuana cartel, one of the country's powerful gangs of the 1990s, at a family or children's party in the resort zone of Los Cabos in Baja California. The victim was identified as 63-year-old Francisco Rafael Arellano Félix who headed the Tijuana cartel with two brothers and was briefly imprisoned in the United States in 2007-8. Reports did not immediately clarify if the cartel remained active. The newspaper Reforma cited witnesses as saying that a "clown" walked up to him and shot him in the chest and head; police and troops apparently failed to find the gunman in spite of a subsequent search, Proceso reported on 19 October. In other incidents, two children aged 12 and 13 and a 19-year-old girl identified as their cousin were shot dead in Mexico City late on 18 October, Tabasco Hoy reported. They were shot with assault rifles used by the Army, and Proceso cited investigations as provisionally attributing the incident to a settling of criminal accounts. The review reported on 19 October the discovery of the bodies of four men shot days earlier, in a ditch south of the district of Culiacán in the north-western state of Sinaloa, while shooting incidents in the western port of Acapulco injured 10 and killed one on 19 or 20 October, Milenio reported. A young man was stabbed to death in the eastern city of Villahermosa early on 20 October, after refusing to "share a can of beer" with two suspected gangsters on the street, Tabasco Hoy reported.

Thirteen killed around El Salvador over weekend

Authorities counted 11 homicides around El Salvador on the weekend of 19 and 20 October, and at least two more the day before including an eleven-year-old girl who was raped and strangled, El Salvador's El Mundo reported on 21 October. The girl was found in the district of Cojutepeque outside the capital. The killings reportedly occurred in robberies or were attributed to the Mara street gangs that have supposedly implemented a ceasefire since March 2012. Media separately speculated that four youngsters reported as missing outside the capital on 16 October may have fled their homes to join one of the Mara gangs. The teenagers did not go home from school that day and later phoned to say they were "fine" and should not be sought out, El Mundo reported on 18 October. One of their parents was cited as telling police that the four may have been "drunk" when calling from a food stall in San Salvador; the daily observed all four were reputed as unruly at school. The Maras both recruit children or teenagers and kill some of those who refuse to join them.