Sunday, September 1, 2013

Narco attacks on security forces continue in Zacatecas

Zacatecas, Zacatecas - In the central Mexican state of Zacatecas, Saturday evening brought renewed attacks by regional insurgents against local security forces in the community of Guadalupe.

One police officer was killed, as was an assailant. Two other police officers were seriously injured in the 10:30 p.m. ambush.

On July 11, a motorized batallion of Mexican infantry was attacked in the same area. None of the troops were injured, but they killed all 13 of a heavily armed commando team, whom authorities say belonged to the powerful Gulf Cartel. Mexican army kills 13 sicarios in Zacatecas shootout.

Last night's attackers have not been identified, but it is probable that they were also Gulf gunmen.

On Aug. 17 Mexican army units captured the cartel's boss in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, near the U.S. border. He is in custody awaiting trial for narcotics trafficking and other offenses, but the organization remains one of Mexico's most powerful crime groups. It is locked in endless battle with other cartels to control U.S. bound drug routes. Mexican army captures Gulf Cartel leader.

In a July 12 travel alert, the U.S. State Dept. warned Americans, "You should defer non-essential travel within the state of Zacatecas to the area bordering the states of Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Durango, and Jalisco and exercise caution in the interior of the state, including the city of Zacatecas."

Aug. 31 - Mexico admits 52 daily drug war deaths in EPN administration - 12,598 through July 31
Aug. 29 - U.S. hypocrisy on legalization poses the question, who is committed to combating drugs?
July 25 - "Regrettably, parts of the state have passed into the hands of organized crime"

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