Thursday, January 13, 2011
Mexican Official Unhurt in Shooting
The Chihuahua state government’s representative in this northern border city emerged unharmed from a shooting attack, , Mexican federal police said.
They said two assailants armed with AK-47 assault rifles opened fire on Ruth Ayala’s car late Wednesday as she was driving away from her office in Ciudad Juarez.
A group of federal agents who happened to be nearby engaged the shooters, wounding one of them. The injured attacker was subsequently taken into custody, but his accomplice got away.
Also Wednesday, assailants shot up the Juarez branch office of a state agency, the Chihuahua Attorney General’s Office said.
While no one was hurt, the attackers left behind a note threatening further violence if the agency continued trying to enforce regulations limiting the hours bars can operate.
Ciudad Juarez, just across the border from El Paso, Texas, is Mexico’s murder capital, with more than 3,100 homicides last year and an average of nine slayings a day so far in 2011.
Most of the violence is blamed on conflict between rival drug cartels and between the criminals and Mexican security forces.
The drug war claimed more than 15,000 lives nationwide in 2010 and the state of Chihuahua accounted for 30 percent of the total, according to statistics released Wednesday by the federal government.