jueves, 10 de julio de 2014

Fourteen or more killed around Mexico in gunfights, murders

Six suspected criminals and a family of five were among the recent victims of killings and criminal incidents in Mexico. A gunfight between criminals and the police late on 9 July led to the deaths of six armed men and one policeman, with four policemen injured. Police confiscated rifles and cars belonging to the dead after the incident in Chilapa de Álvarez, the daily Milenio reported. It was not immediately clear if this was the same gunfight reported to have broken out on 8-9 July in Chilapa, wherein six gunmen also died. Proceso reported that an armed convoy entered Chilapa and began a shooting spree, provoking the response of the local gang and a gunfight in and around Chilapa. It related the incident to a territorial dispute between the Ardillos gang based in Quechultenango, and the Rojos, said to "control" Chilapa. The authorities reportedly arrived the next day to count the bodies. On 7 July, Marines shot dead three gangsters said to have opened fire on their patrol car in the district of Tumbiscatío, in the western state of Michoacán. A family of five including a two-year-old girl were murdered in a house in Nezahualcóyotl outside the capital on 8 July, but a three or four-month old baby with them was spared, Milenio reported. The killers, described by unspecified witnesses as several men, fled in a van later found between the districts of Ixtapaluca and Los Reyes Acaquilpan. The daily observed police did not yet know the killing's motives, and suspected theft or mafia-type activity. In Ciudad Victoria in Tamaulipas, authorities arrested on and after 3 July 10 suspected members of a kidnapping ring working with the Zetas drug cartel. The gang was headed by a 16-year-old boy and his 13-year-old girlfriend, shown dismembering some of their victims in eight video recordings found at their premises, Proceso reported on 8 July.