I reached my associates in Piedras Negras to inquire how the situation is today. I was told all is calm, for the time being but people are in extreme fear. Though the government advise to stay indoors as much as possible people are moving about and going to work and living their normal schedules. I was very surprised to learn from an associate that is the chief of education for the region but based in PN, that school is in session. She asked for permission from Saltillo to close the schools until Friday or Monday but was told most parents worked and had no place to leave their children, so schools would be better than left home alone. Rumors say though calm today most expect great violence to erupt. As for the apprehension of Z42 the brother of Miguel Trevino the co leader of the Zetas, that appears to have been untrue.....Paz, Chivis
|Fatality of an innocent|
The City of Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico was placed under martial law yesterday, Wednesday, September 26, 2012, by local and federal authorities after multiple, intense gun battles between federal and state special forces and criminal elements throughout the day continuing until the late-evening.
According to Mexican press reports, a female in her early 30′s was killed in her automobile caught in the crossfire of an intense gun battle. Mexican authorities have not reported how many persons and officers were killed or injured in these multiple gun battles throughout the city.
Piedras Negras residents are living in great fear for their lives staying indoors at all times as required by the martial law imposed. One Piedras Negras resident said ‘the devil is loose in Piedras Negras.’. Residents huddled with their children inside their homes listening to the loud gun battles occurring in their neighborhoods.
Another Piedras Negras resident described the situation as ‘Piedras Negras is a war zone.’ Residents are advised to stay inside their homes until further notice by authorities.
Yesterday, Wednesday, September 26th, the City of Eagle Pass International Bridge No. 2 was closed down at 10:30 a.m. after the discovery of a grenade on the American side, signaling that the violence in Piedras Negras extended into the United States. All American federal, state, and local authorities have been placed on high alert.
Since the massive prison escape of 132 prisoners from the Piedras Negras CERESO prison, there has been a massive influx of Mexican federal and state special forces in Piedras Negras to hunt and capture the escapees. To date, seven escapees have been captured or killed.
It is unknown how much longer this nightmare experience will have to be lived by the loyal and fair citizens of Piedras Negras. As one resident said ‘Pray to God that this situation passes us by without any material and collateral damage to our residents.
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‘Source: EaglePassBusinessJournal Photos: Vanguardia de Coahuila