Thursday, August 19, 2010

One Cop Dead, 6 Wounded in Separate Incidents in Mexico

A rural police officer was killed and three others were wounded in a shootout with marines in northeastern Mexico, while three Federal Police officers and a gunman were wounded in a gunfight in the border city of Juarez, officials said. Officer Juan Carlos Ponce Garcia was shot several times and died Tuesday in a community in Hidalgo, a city in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. Three Federal Police officers, meanwhile, were wounded when gunmen attacked them on Tuesday as they were driving near the hotel being used as housing for officers deployed to fight crime in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital. One of the suspected gunmen was wounded in the gunfight. Ciudad Juarez is the Mexican city where the most attacks against Federal Police officers have been registered this year. The eight attacks staged against federal officers in the border city have left 11 officers dead and more than a dozen others wounded. A car bombing in Ciudad Juarez targeting Federal Police officers killed four people – a physician, two officers and a firefighter – on July 15...more

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