Tuesday, October 15, 2013
13 die in Coahuila state
A total of 13 individuals were killed or were found dead in drug and gang related violence in the northern Mexican border state of Coahuila, according to various Mexican news accounts.
Four unidentified individuals were shot to death an an armed encounter with Mexican security forces Monday night near Monclova.
According to a news report which appeared in the online edition of Milenio news daily, a group of state police agents traveling aboard a Dodge ram were fired on by a group of armed suspects who were traveling aboard a Lincoln Navigator SUV.
The incident took place on Kilometer 23 of Mexico Federal Highway 57. According to the report towards the end of the encounter the armed suspects abandoned their vehicle and continued firing on the police agents.
The incident took place as state and local police agents flooded the highways around Monclova attempting to catch suspects who earlier in the day had attempted to kill the local Monclova municipal police chief, General Victorino Resendiz Cortez Monday afternoon.
According to a separate news report which appeared in the website of El Diario de Coahuila newa dailt, in that confrontation, General Resendiz Cortez had been investigating carjackings in the region when he was fired on. The shooters then fled north, but were eventually found that evening.
General Resendiz Cortez was wounded in the encounter, and no indications were reported the wound was life threatening.
According to another report which also appeared in El Diario de Coahuila car thefts including carjackings are down, now averaging 10 per day as opposed to 13 per day from the same period January to August in 2013. The decline is reportedly 22 percent year over year.
Meanwhiile four individuals were found shot to death Saturday night in two separate locations in Coahuila, according to a news report in El Diario de Coahuila.
Two of the victims were identified as Armando Padilla Gaona, 68, and Norberto Carlos Dominguez Trejo, 33. One other victim had been identified, but the name was not disclosed.
Two victims, including Sr. Armando Padilla Gaona, were found in the bed of a pickup truck in Ramos Arippe in Manantiales del Valle colony , while the other two were found on Bulevar Venustiano Carranza in Saltillo.
According to a news account, ransom had been paid for the release of the victims by family, but the victims were killed anyway.
Finally in Monclova, four unidentified victims were found in a grave Monday, according to a news account which appeared in Milenio.
The victims were found in Posada del Sol in a partial state of decomposition. Reports are the victims were killed only days before the discovery of their bodies.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com and BorderlandBeat.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org