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Bus Attacked By Gunmen, 11 Killed

Thursday, December 22, 2011 |

Source: Huff Post

A group of gunmen attacked three passenger buses in Mexico's Gulf coast state of Veracruz on Thursday, killing seven passengers in what authorities said appeared to be a violent robbery spree.

The Defense Department said in a statement that soldiers chased the five assailants and returned fire whey they were "attacked," killing all of the gunmen.

The army said the gunmen, who were carrying rifles, started the attacks in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, killing three people who were loading vegetables into a truck in the town of El Higo, in northern Veracruz. In the same town, they tossed a grenade that killed another person.

Later, the gunmen went to a nearby highway, stopped and robbed a bus and killed two of the passengers aboard, according to the army statement.

They later stopped another bus and sprayed it with gunfire, killing four passengers. When the driver of a third bus stopped and got off to see what was happening, they killed him too.

Veracruz state government spokeswoman Gina Dominguez said that while the gunmen's identities and cartel affiliation have not yet been established, the men killed match witness descriptions of the assailants in the bus attacks, Dominguez said.

The bloody pre-Christmas bus shootings brought up memories of the brutal murder of dozens of bus passengers whose bodies were found in mass graves in the neighboring state of Tamaulipas in April. A total of 193 bodies had been found in 26 graves, and officials say most of those were Mexican migrants heading to the United States who were kidnapped off buses and killed by the Zetas drug cartel.

In the Tamaulipas killings, the Zetas gunmen stopped and boarded buses and removed male passengers and killed them, either because they believed a rival gang was trying to send reinforcements into the region aboard buses or because they wanted to force some of the passengers to join their gang.

The buses attacked Thursday were covering local routes in northern Veracruz, though authorities did not release the names of the bus lines operating the route.

There was no immediate information on the identity of the dead bus passengers, or the four people killed in El Higo.

The area has been the scene of bloody battles between the Zetas and their former allies, the Gulf cartel.

The two gangs split in 2010.

The U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, a Mexican border city north of where the attacks occurred, said in a statement that "several vehicles," including the buses, were attacked, but did not specify what the other vehicles were.

The consulate urged Americans to "exercise caution" when traveling in Veracruz, and "avoid intercity road travel at night."

While the specific area where the Thursday attacks occurred is not frequented by foreign travelers, it adjoins an area to the west known as The Huasteca that is popular among Mexican tourists and some foreigners.

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Anonymous said...

What happened to Anonymous?

Anonymous said...

Surely this can't be Zs doin this shit?Why would they bring this kind of heat?This kind of shit is totally unacceptable and serves what purpose?The other bus slaying of 193?Didn't their mobile phones get checked off the Zs holding them and they supposedly found text messages indicating they were the other side?Or is that an excuse?Hate to think it is another job of heating things up again?How fuckin cynical and cruel is that,shooting these passengers on a bus,not even looking for a particular person or persons?We may hear the truth,and then again,who knows?

Anonymous said...

8:49 that was 3 weeks ago. They forgot their cyber attack.

Anonymous said...

Fucking animals! Civilized people will stay as far away from Mexico as possible if you know what is good for you...

Anonymous said...

KILL ALL THE ZETAS!

Anonymous said...

If that midget Calderon had any common sense he would give a Presidential Order to hang these bastard murderers in the town square thereby declaring capital punishment. At least let the Mexican citizens have the right to bear arms. Freaking senseless murders coupled with senseless laws my condolences to all the innocent victims.

Anonymous said...

@ December 23, 2011 9:01 AM

So why exactly you say. "Surely this can't be Zs doin this shit?" That is there Modus operandi.
They are Paranoid meth heads. They want to terrorize the population in the area. Have they not done it before? Why is it so hard for you to believe it is the Maruchanes a.k.a. Zetas that did this?

Anonymous said...

@ December 24, 2011 9:08 AM .Last time i heard,this was the Zs plaza,now we all know the Zs are pure motherfuckers,but it's a major plaza,so the question again is"Why would they bring this heat".Fuck this anyway,as i write,it turns out this was not the Zs.Would you allow shit like this if you owned the plaza?That's the point,not whether they good or bad,or any of that shit.I hate the Zs,that ok now,can we get on with talking now?

Anonymous said...

ME GUSTA CALIENTALES LA PLAZA A LOS ZETAS POR Q DE FRENTE NO LE ENTRAMOS.....
MATAMOS GENTE INOCENTE COMO EN JUAREZ, Y NVO LAREDO,PERO COMO SOMOS COBARDES LES ECHAMOS LA CULPA A LOS ZETAS.
OIGO CORRIDOS FALSOS Q GLORIFICAN A PURO TRAIDOR!
GANAMOS LA NARCOPOLITICA AL PUEBLO HACIENDOLOS PASAR COMO Q SOMOS LOS BUENOS ,ME BURLO DE MI PUEBLO MEXICANO POR K GRACIAS A NOSITROS TE ENGANAMOS CON MANTAS CORRIDOS Y CON EL APOYO DEL LA MARINA!
ME GUSTA PRESUMI LO Q NO TENGO Y NI SOY!
SOY DE LOS CHAPOS ESOS COBARDES Q COMETEN MASSACRES PARA PODER CULPA A LA CONTRA Y ARREBATALES LA PLAZA PERO CUANDO VAMOS A JUAREZ Y NVO LAREDO SIEMPRE NOS PARTEN LA MADRE!!SOY DE LOS CHAPOS..ESOS WEIES QUE SIEMPRE QUE MATAMOS GENRTE INOCENTE JUSTIFICAMOS SU SU MUERTE HACIENDOLO PASAR X ZETA.
SOY DE LOS CHAPOS ESOS QUE NO NOS ENFRENTAMOS A LOS Z Y TENEMOS Q MANDAR A LA MARINA.
SOY DE LOS CHAPOS HACIENDO PENDEJO A CADA UN MEXICANO CON MID CORRIDOS.
SOY DE LOS CHAPOS DE LOS MAS CULOS LOS QUE NOS ESCODEMOS ATRAS DEL PUEBLO...



SOY CHAPO POR Q SOY CULO IPOCRITA COBARDE TRAIDOR Y JOTON....PINCHES CHAPOS USTEDES SON CULOS Q SE CREEN PERFECTOS Y SEGUN BO MATAN GENTE INOCENTE HAHA NOMAS POR K SE GANARON AL PUEBLO CON SUS JUSTIFICACIONES NARCO MANTAS Y CORRIDOS...RECUERDEN PUTOS USTEDES VAN GANANDO LA NARCOPOLITICA PERO LOS ZETAS VAMOS GANANDO LA GUERRA A PURO PLOMO!! HAHAHAHAHA SIGAN BURLANDOSE DEL PUEBLO CHAPOS POR K NI ASI LOS VAN A SALVAR D MANDALOS AL INFIERNO!!

Anonymous said...

Quienes son los perros que matan y extorcionan a los que venden tacos? Las lacrazzz! No son traficantes son muertos de hambre que tienen miedo por eso matan a lo pendejo. Pinches perros zetas putos!!!!!!! Jajajaja

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