miércoles, 2 de abril de 2014

Mexico shoots, detains gang chiefs, dozen killed around country

Mexican troops shot dead a leading member of the country's Knights Templar cartel, and detained the local head of another cartel amid shooting in the north-eastern district of Reynosa. Mexico's National Security Commissioner, Monte Alejandro Rubido, confirmed reports that Enrique Plancarte Solís of the Caballeros Templarios, was shot on 31 March in Colón in Querétaro, a day after intelligence agents found him there, Milenio reported on 1 April. Troops ordered him to stop on a street, and fired and injured him when he fired instead of stopping; he later died in hospital. Excelsior was one of several dailies writing profiles of the late gangster. Milenio observed that the only Templars chief on the run now was Servándo Gómez Martínez, though authorities were after several other mid-ranking operators of that cartel. Four or six people were separately killed in Reynosa in a shootout on 1 April that followed the arrest of a suspect identified as the local head of the Gulf Cartel, Proceso reportedMilenio cited authorities as saying that the shooting and road blocks around Reynosa were attempts to rescue the cartel's district chief, a man dubbed El Simple. Other criminal deaths reported included: five bodies found on 31 March in hidden graves in the district of Ahome in Sinaloa, a policeman shot on 1 April on a university campus in Ciudad Victoria, and the discovery in Garza García of the bodies of the former mayor of Nuevo Laredo Benjamín Galván Gómez and a businessman. Gunmen had apparently kidnapped them on 27 February as they left a pharmacy, Proceso reported. The review observed that the Sinaloa Cartel had reportedly threatened Mr Galván for his suspected ties to the Zetas Cartel.

Bogotá to start charging cars in busy hours, streets

Bogotá's city government hopes to reduce traffic congestion and considerable air pollution with plans to charge motorists driving in some of its more congested streets, following the payment model begun in cities like London, El Espectador reported on 1 April. The Colombian Transport Ministry determined in December 2013 that this could be done in cities with more than 300,000 residents, after city authorities had presented pertinent studies. The mechanics of charging in Bogotá were not yet clear, but monies collected were to finance public and non-motorised mobility. Bogotá's acting mayor Rafael Pardo recently instructed the city's transport secretary to hasten relevant studies, which were to be presented to the city council on 2 April. He was cited as saying that cars with a single occupant would pay to drive on "high-congestion days, hours, zones and streets," and this was to begin on two of the capital's traffic arteries, 72nd and 116th streets. The daily observed the measure was initially intended to complement the pico y placa program, that restricts cars on the basis of number plates, but would at some point replace it.

Colombian troops shoot FARC fighters, dozen detained

Colombian troops shot dead six guerillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in fighting in the department of Nariño on 1 April, while eight guerrillas were caught in operations elsewhere, media reported. The dead were identified as members of the FARC's Daniel Aldana Mobile Column and thought involved in an earlier attack that killed two soldiers in Nariño. The Army separately captured four members of the FARC's Miller Perdomo Column in the district of Buenos Aires in Cauca, while four guerrillas surrendered to troops in the department of Tolima west of Bogotá, at an unspecified date, the Colombian daily La Nación reported on 2 April. Five other collaborators of the FARC were held in five districts of northern Colombia including Barrancabermeja, Cantagallo and San PabloVanguarda Liberal reported on 2 April. The suspects were believed to collaborate with the FARC's Raúl Eduardo Mahecha Front, through activities including propaganda, imposing "fines" on unspecified offenders, and storing arms and ammunition, the daily reported.