Mexico deadlier than Iraq
Gunmen opened fire in the state attorney general’s office in Tijuana earlier this week wounding three agents, police said.
Drug gangs have raided police offices specifically to release members in custody. Some gangsters have even invaded hospitals to kill wounded rivals, according to an AP report.
The San Diego Union-Tribune previously reported that following weeks of unprecedented violence in Tijuana, Mayor Jorge Ramos has made some major changes in his troubled police department, removing its top official, Alberto Capella Ibarra.
Ramos’ choice for public safety secretary is Julian Leyzaola, a military lieutenant colonel who had been serving as Capella’s top deputy. Stepping into Leyzaola’s position is a retired captain in the Mexican military, Gustavo Huerta Martinez; he had been serving as Rosarito Beach police chief.
The moves “ratify the position that it is with military commanders, the support of the governor … and the president of Mexico … that the security of Mexico will be recovered,” according to a City Hall statement announcing the changes.
The decapitated bodies of three police officers were recently found alongside six other beheaded corpses in one weekend of violence in which 34 people were slain in different sections of Tijuana.
The victims included two young boys, killed by gunmen, along with two adults near a grocery store in eastern Tijuana. The 18-year-old nephew of Baja California’s tourism secretary was found shot to death inside a vehicle a few miles east of downtown. The report is here.
The Arizona Daily Star reports rising drug violence in Mexico’s border region has prompted Southern Arizona’s largest military installation to issue new restrictions on troop travel and a warning to approximately 11.000 family members, contractors and civilian staffers to stay away. This order affects nearly 7,000 troops at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista.
Read this WorldNetDaily article regarding the death toll in Mexico surpassing that in Iraq.