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Daily News in Mexico

Submitted by Roanman on Tue, 02/22/2011 - 16:54


From Stratfor Global Intelligence.

This week's Mexico Security Memo.



Feb. 14

·         Teachers from a school in China, Nuevo Leon state, discovered a severed head in a plastic bag near the school building.

·         Unidentified gunmen shot and threw two grenades at a police station in Ebano, San Luis Potosi state, and left a body inside a cardboard box near the station. Two passersby were injured in the attack.

·         Nine people were injured when a grenade exploded outside a shopping center in Matamoros, Tamaulipas state.


Feb. 15

·         Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a man as he drove his car in the Riveras de Linda Vista neighborhood of Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon state. A group of gunmen later arrived and drove away with the car and the man’s body.

·         Police found the blindfolded body of an unidentified man bearing signs of torture in Leon, Guanajuato state.

·         Suspected members of Los Zetas opened fire on two U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents at a roadblock in San Luis Potosi state, killing one and injuring another.


Feb. 16

·         The Mexican Prosecutor General’s office announced the arrests of 13 suspected members of Los Zetas and the seizure of bank accounts containing more than 16 million pesos (about $1.3 million). The suspects had participated in the illegal extraction and sale of 175.855 million liters of natural gas condensate from 2007 to 2008.

·         Four unidentified gunmen were killed when their vehicle crashed into a tree as they fled from soldiers in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon state. The suspects reportedly opened fire on soldiers investigating reports of firefights in the area.

·         Several firefights between unidentified gunmen against police and soldiers were reported in Zitacuaro, Michoacan state. Two people were killed and a fuel station was set on fire during the incidents. The security forces reportedly intended to arrest a local leader of La Familia Michoacana identified as “El Morsa.”

·         Unidentified attackers in a taxi threw two grenades at a police station in Tamasopo, San Luis Potosi state. No injuries were reported in the attack.


Feb. 17

·         Unidentified gunmen shot and injured a police officer driving in southern Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, who managed to escape into a local restaurant.

·         Two federal police officers and one gunman were injured in a firefight in Cuautla, Morelos state.

·         Six severed heads were abandoned near a police station in Moralillo, Panuco municipality, Veracruz state. A message attributing the crime to the Gulf cartel was found near the heads.


Feb. 18

·         A 16-year-old boy with an AK-47 was among five suspected members of the Artistas Asesinos gang arrested following a shootout with Mexican federal police in Juarez, Chihuahua state.

·         Soldiers killed five unidentified gunmen in a firefight in Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon state. Three gunmen also died when their vehicle rolled over in Juarez, Nuevo Leon state, after fleeing from a military patrol.

·         Security forces raided a safe-house in Mexicali, Baja California state, and seized approximately 9 tons of marijuana. The drug shipment were found inside several container and tanker trucks. An unspecified number of people were arrested.

·         Unidentified people threw four bodies from a bridge in Chilpancingo, Guerrero state. The victims had been shot to death.


Feb. 19

·         Five gunmen in Ixtapaluca, Mexico state, shot and killed two police officers. One gunman was killed in the incident, which began after the police officers asked a group of people to identify themselves.

·         Soldiers in the Unidad Modelo neighborhood of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, raided a house and arrested three people. Three men were arrested in the raid and were removed from the house covered in blankets, according to unofficial sources.

·         Between Feb. 17 and Feb. 20, 53 people, including a Juarez police officer, a municipal patrolman and a state investigator, were killed in cartel-related violence in Juarez, Chihuahua state. It was reportedly the deadliest 72-hour span in that city in recent memory.


Feb. 20

·         Police in Puente de Ixtla, Morelos state, arrested four suspected members of a La Familia Michoacana cell as they were driving a stolen vehicle.

·         Authorities announced that 12 taxi drivers and passengers were killed in Acapulco, Guerrero state, from Feb. 18 to Feb. 20.

·         Soldiers in the Morelos neighborhood of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon state, freed a kidnapping victim and arrested eight suspected kidnappers. 


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