lunes, 10 de marzo de 2014

Mexican troops shoot cartel leader

Mexican authorities confirmed on 9 March that they had killed the main leader of the Knights Templar cartel, Nazario Moreno González or El Chayo, already reported as shot dead in December 2010. Fingerprints appeared to have confirmed the killing this time, in the latest of several successes the Government has had against the drug cartels. The cartel leader was shot by troops in the district of Tumbiscatío in the western state of Michoacán; an informant revealed to authorities in February that he was alive and hiding there, Milenio reported. A leader of the civilian militias fighting organised crime in Michoacán praised the Government's efforts of recent months to hunt down the cartel's leaders. Estanislao Beltrán told Milenio television that the most recent killing is "a step forward for us; our main objective was to terminate the Caballeros Templarios," Milenio reported on 10 March. While the self-defence militias of Michoacán have vowed to stamp out organized crime in the state, there have been intermittent warnings of criminal infiltration within them. This was evidenced by the reported death on 7 March of one or two militiamen suspected also of being in the Templars. The bodies of Rafael Sánchez Moreno and José Luis Torres, presumed members of a self-defence militia and of the Templarios, were found in a burned van near the locality of Buenavista, Proceso reported. The review observed that Torres's son was an aide to Iris Vianey Mendoza, a Senator of the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party who also has been accused of having ties to the Templars.

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