Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Wave of Executions in Northern Mexico

Thursday, December 31, 2009 |

There were at least 11 murders


Northern Mexico - Eleven people were killed in various incidents between Monday night and Tuesday morning in the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Baja California, both U.S. border states. One victim was paralytic and the other was decapitated, local officials reported.

Military reinforcements

Given the high rates of violence in Ciudad Juarez, located in Chihuahua, the federal government on Tuesday sent about 350 elite soldiers, which will join the 5,000 soldiers already at there said the "Joint Operation Chihuahua" spokesman Enrique Torres.

As for the killings, state prosecutors reported that in the town of Camargo, located in the center of the state, a businessman paralytic was executed with multiple impacts from an assault rifle "cuerno de chivo" AK-47 while in his wheelchair.

The eldest son of businessman and one of his brothers were also killed in the same town three months ago, recalled the prosecution.


Youth decapitated

In the state capital, "a young man about 25 years old, was found decapitated on a site facing a plant of Petroleos Mexicanos," prosecutors said.

The report adds that next to the head was a message against a drug cartel, which content was not released.

While in Ciudad Juarez, the most violent city in Mexico in the Texas border (southern U.S.), a man in his 20s was shot and killed while attending a school, said the Deputy State Attorney General.

Another man was killed in a residential area in the same city, with a population of 1.3 million inhabitants, and one of the main battle grounds between drug cartels.

South of Chihuahua, in the town of Parral, one female was killed with six gunshots when she was chased in to a business and gunmen shot her at least 10 times," said the state attorney.

In Tijuana in the California border (southwest U.S.) Six people were killed, said spokesperson for the Municipal Police.

In an assault on a fishery unidentified gunmen killed an employee and wounded another, said an official who declined to give his name.

In another part of the city, a clash between criminals allegedly "left a toll of two people dead," he added.


Military operation

The other victims were found in different parts of Tijuana, categorized by the federal government as the second most violent city in the country, after Ciudad Juarez.

More than 50,000 soldiers are currently participating in a nationwide crackdown on organized crime.

In the past three years more than 15,000 people have been killed as a result of wars between drug cartels, the government said.

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