Massacre in Oaxaca.
Gunmen kill 13 people in the southern state of Oaxaca.
"When the time comes to die, it happens no matter where it is. I regret the delicate state of my fellow colleagues,"
Solomon Rojas, a Oaxaca police officer.
The Associated Press
Officials say the hooded men travelling in several vehicles stormed the ranch of Alfonso Maciel, killing him and four other people. The other four killed were Alfonso Maciel Hernandez, 16 (son of Alfonso Maciel), Julian Hernandez Mora (brother in law of Alfonos Maciel), and workers from veracruz; Clemente Bautista, Maximino "N" and Carmelo Flores Xoloctle.
Chavez said investigators believe the attack Tuesday night was related to drugs, but he had no other details.
The sicarios cross the first village in the community of Tetela. In the lead of the convoy is a SUV Hummer and is followed by at about six to seven other SUVs. All the men inside are carrying long rifles.
Due to the fact that in this place there are police and media, they are required to stop at the command of Acatlan, but continue toward Vicente Camalote or also known as Margarita.
Approximately 19:20 hours.
At a place known as Los Pinos the sicarios execute three policemen who are attempting to set up a roadblock.
Approximately 19:45 hours.
The command encounters a state police patrol at the intersection of FFCC and a warehouse. The sicarios overtake the police officers because of their superiority in apparent training and the type of firearms they carry. The police officers are disarmed, handcuffed and taken as hostages.
Approximately 20:00 hours.
They violently entered the home of Mrs. Delfina Mora and inside they execute Alfonso Maciel Sosa, his brother in law Julian Hernandez Mora and also execute the state police officers which includes the commander José Escobar Castro.
Approximately 20:30 hours
The convoy leaves the area from the same direction they came from. It is rumored that they have a hostage, but it can never be confirmed.
Approximately 22:30 hours
The military and police forces arrive at both scenes and set up roadblocks to attempt to capture the sicarios, but are unable to locate them.
Oaxaca, a Pacific coast state with a picturesque colonial capital, ancient Zapotec ruins and pristine beaches, is considered a drug trafficking corridor, although violence has not risen to the levels plaguing Mexico's northern border region.
The Pacific coast state of Oaxaca is considered to be a drug trafficking corridor, although violence has not risen to the levels seen in Mexico's northern border region.
The U.S. Consulate in Monterrey on Wednesday warned American citizens to avoid traveling to Nuevo Laredo, across the border from Laredo, Texas, and Reynosa, which faces McAllen.
Mexican security forces have fought gang members in several cities of Tamaulipas state since Sunday, said Hernan de la Garza, the state deputy attorney general.
Among the 19 dead are a soldier and a police officer, both killed in attacks in two different towns Tuesday.
Gunmen also attacked the police headquarters in the town of Miguel Aleman on Tuesday, de la Garza said. Six officers are missing and presumed kidnapped.
As rumors of shootouts spread, residents stayed off the streets and some two dozen schools ended class early Tuesday in Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros, which lies across from Brownsville, Texas. Reports of fighting spread by e-mail, Twitter and other social network postings.
There were no shootings in either city that day, however. Nuevo Laredo School superintendent Aurelio Uvalle said schools did not have permission to close and teachers who failed to show up for classes could face disciplinary measures.
The incident follows the deaths of 19 people in Tamaulipas state over the past three days in confrontations between police and illegal groups.
On Jan. 30, gunmen killed 15 people in a working-class neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, a city facing El Paso, Texas, that has become one of the world's deadliest places. Most of the dead were teenagers at a party with no known ties to drug gangs. In that region Ciudad Juarez, by the border with the US, has seen the most deaths. More than 2,600 murders were recorded in Ciudad Juarez during 2009.
Authorities say the gunmen may have been acting on mistaken information — fueling anger over a drug war that has increasingly taken a toll on civilians.
A record 15,000 people have died in drug gang violence since President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006 and deployed thousands of troops to root out Mexico's brutal cartels.