State attorney general, Ramiro Ortize Aguirre, confirmed that a group of criminals torched the indigenous community of Tierra Colorada in the municipality of Mezquital, Durango as revenge for the death of two assassins (sicarios) killed the 26th of December.
Aguirre indicated that it was a couple of days ago that the criminal group of approximately 60 hooded individuals arrived at the indigenous community and set fire to 37 houses and approximately 27 vehicles. There were no reported fatalities.
According to the preliminary investigation, residents of the region, seeing the criminal group arrive, took refuge in the nearby mountains.
In addition to the burnt out houses, schools and a clinic were also damaged.
Ortiz Aguirre said that information was late in coming due to the remote location of the municipality and furthermore there is no radio (cell phone) service in the area.
Health and Social services (Sedesol) as well as representatives from the State Attorney General’s office have arrived on the scene.
Aguirre stated that in keeping with instructions from the governor, reinforcements from the Mexican Army have been sent to the entity as well as additional state and federal police.
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