Thursday, June 17, 2010

16 slain as Juárez violence continues

The wave of violence continued to sweep through Mexico, with at least 16 people killed Wednesday in Juárez -- most of them executed. The day after Calderón addressed the country about his fight against organized crime, a group of gunmen shot and killed four men and two women at a drug rehabilitation center in Juárez, Chihuahua state officials said. Investigators found the six bodies on the ground near the Clinica Integral Contra las Adicciones in the Angel Trías neighborhood. At the scene, police found 49 bullet casings, and authorities rescued a baby. The massacre took place almost a week after more than 25 gunmen with high-powered weapons burst into a drug rehabilitation center in Chihuahua City and killed 19 men, an act that was described by officials as the worst multiple killing in the city's history. In other violence, three men and an 18-year-old woman were killed about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at an electronics repair shop in the Tierra Nueva neighborhood in Juárez, police said. Earlier Wednesday, a Cereso prison security guard was killed and a commander was wounded while they were traveling in an official vehicle at the intersection of Hacienda Central and Acacias streets. Three Mexican federal police officers were killed and another was wounded Monday when they were attacked by heavily armed gunmen in Chihuahua City, police officials said. The officers were taking part in a drug dealing investigation and were traveling on a city street Monday afternoon when gunmen with AK-47 and AR-15 rifles shot them. The attack in Chihuahua City occurred the same day that 10 federal police officers were killed in highway ambush in the state of Michoacan...more

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