Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Revenge attack against Ciudad Juárez police patrol leaves one dead, five injured

Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua -- In this deadly border town just across the Rio Bravo from El Paso, Tex., armed gunmen launched a retaliation attack against a city police patrol this morning, killing its commander and injuring several other persons. The attack occurred in the city's main business district, where drug sales and extortion of small business owners are common.

Witnesses say the assailants arrived in several vehicles about 9:30 a.m. and began firing indiscriminately on the food patrol. Pablo Soria, the commander, was killed instantly, and another officer was seriously wounded. Five civilians were also injured. Reports indicate the area was teeming with municipal and state police units immediately after the events. One of the vehicles used by the gunmen was later found abandoned several blocks away. Police say Soria had arrested a man with drugs earlier in the day, who then threatened him with death. Authorities claim that the attack was a reprisal for stepped-up foot patrols in a city which is often called the most dangerous in the world.

In March 2010, a pregnant employee of the U.S. consulate in Juárez and her husband were murdered on a busy street in the city. The couple, who were U.S. citizens and lived across the river in El Paso for security reasons, were pursued by armed gunmen after leaving a co-worker's birthday party. They tried desperately to reach the international bridge a short distance away, but the hit squad executed them at close range with a burst of automatic weapons fire before they could make it. Their seven month old daughter survived unhurt in the back seat. One of the suspects involved in that attack was recently extradited to the United States, and the ringleader is awaiting extradition (link below).

Suspect extradited in brutal Juárez attack: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/12/mexico-extradites-suspect-in-brutal.html.
Hit men execute ambulance crew, sick patients - another day of madness in Ciudad Juárez: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/12/cartel-hit-men-execute-ambulance-crew-2.html.
Local police suffer the most in Mexico's drug war: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2011/11/local-police-suffer-most-in-mexicos.html.
The five most dangerous cities in Mexico: http://mexicogulfreporter.blogspot.com/2012/01/mexico-is-home-to-5-of-10-most-violent.html.

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