Friday, July 2, 2010

Mexico: 21 dead in shootout

Days after gubernatorial candidate Rodolfo Torre was slain in his home state of Tamaulipas another shooting has once again shined a light on violence in Mexico.

At least 21 people have been reported as killed during a shootout between rival drug gangs in Sonora. The incident occurred a mere twenty miles from Mexico’s northern border with the U.S. and federal police arrested nine people in the area of the shooting. The exact motive for the shootout is unclear in the area so desolate that according to local police cell phone coverage is nonexistent.

Sadly that was not the only violent incident occurring in northern Mexico:
In a city on another part of the U.S. border, gunmen killed an assistant attorney general for Chihuahua state and one of her bodyguards.

After being chased by armed assailants through the darkened streets of Ciudad Juarez, the vehicle carrying Sandra Salas Garcia and two bodyguards was riddled with bullets Wednesday night…

Salas was responsible for evaluating the work of prosecutors and special investigations units in Chihuahua.
Image- Al Jazeera English (The body of recently slain Rodolfo Torre was buried days ago).
Online Sources- The Latin Americanist, AFP, MSNBC, Milenio

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