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Mexican Police Force Quits En Masse After Attack

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 |

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Latin American Herald Tribune

The entire police force of a rural community in the northern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon resigned after their headquarters was attacked with assault rifles and grenades, the town’s mayor said Tuesday.

Santos Salinas Garza made the announcement after a meeting with the 14 officers working in Los Ramones, a municipality of some 6,000 people 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of Monterrey, the state capital.

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Members of the Nuevo Leon highway patrol will take over the responsibilities of the local police starting Wednesday, the mayor said.

Neither he nor any of the officers received any threats prior to Monday night’s assault on the police station, Salinas said.
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Assailants traveling in several SUVs pelted the station – inaugurated just three days before – and patrol cars parked outside with grenades and fire from assault rifles.

No one was injured in the attack, as the six officers on duty sheltered inside an interior room at the station during the roughly 15-minute bombardment, authorities said.



Federal police and army troops immediately launched a search for the perpetrators of the attack, which bore the hallmarks of organized crime.

Nuevo Leon, bordering Texas, has seen a surge in violence this year amid a fierce turf battle between the Gulf drug cartel and former allies Los Zetas.

Mexico has around 1,600 separate police departments, the majority of them undermanned, poorly equipped and completely lacking in training.

President Felipe Calderon recently sent a bill to Congress calling for the consolidation of Mexican state and local police into 32 forces, one for each of the 31 states and the Federal District, with the aim at improving readiness and coordination.

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6 Borderland Beat Comments:

Anonymous said...

Can't say I blame them. What a mess.

Anonymous said...

There are more pictures on another blog...they claim there were 2 officers killed. One pictures shows pieces of flesh inside the grill of the police truck shown above, also one big puddle of blood and two pictures showing the K9's shot to death. I think they are starting to hold back on giving correct accounts.

Capo said...

Who would of ordered this el Golfo or Zetas?

Anonymous said...

@Capo
It was most likely CDG as the police officers in Ramones are under order of Zetas and it is known of the presence of CDG in Nuevo León looking to advance in territory.

Anonymous said...

sad to see all the violence in Mexico like the mantels posted in Monterry recently ??? why is the oganized crime (organized) and the Mexican officals are NOT

Anonymous said...

the new ones in charge the federales will have to allow the criminals passage and all sorts of assistance, they are outnumbered and dont have the artillery. thats probably what the criminals wanted in the first place just scre the flys off so we can enjoy te meal.

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