…And The Violence Continues…
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Gunmen attacked a rehab center here Sunday evening, killing at least 12 and wounding 10. Rehab centers are frequent targets of attacks by cartels. In June 2011, an attack on another center in Torreon killed 13. A year before, 19 were gunned down in Chihuahua at a rehab center, and another 9 that month at a center in Gomez Palacio, Durango.
At least 3 men were gunned down at a business here. Two were the owner’s son and nephew, and another a client. Two others were wounded. A 3 year old with the customer was uninjured.
A dismembered body was found in a car with taxi plates. The body was in plastic bags and the head in a cooler in the back seat.
Early Monday, several schools here were attacked with grenades, causing damage but no injuries. In addition, an auto dealership was attacked. On Friday night, police offices had a grenade thrown into the parking lot from a passing vehicle. Then Saturday morning a bomb was thrown at the Televisa station, which did not explode.
SAN AGUSTIN, GUERRERO
Four people were found executed near here Saturday, with 2 in the rear seat and 2 in the trunk. A narco message was left. Later, the bodies of a man and woman were found, hands and feet bound, and the man had been tortured.
The kidnapping of a teen boy sparked a confrontation between residents of this small mountain village and municipal police. They accuse them of cooperating with the kidnapping gangs operating in the mountain region on the border with the State of Puebla. One civilian was shot, and several police were injured by stones and fists. Official sources said the villagers were ringing the bells of the church of Santa Maria Assunta, causing hundreds of people armed with machetes, sticks and rifles to gather at the center of Huamuxtitlán. Enraged about the impunity of the police, the citizens went to the home of the interim mayor, Juan Carlos Merino Gonzalez, who was detained and taken to the town square, amid blows and abuse. The mayor had been working as Deputy Director of Municipal Public Security, for which he was accused of protecting the kidnapping gangs operating in the area. Until Sunday night, the city official was still displayed in the village square. State authorities have insisted that the people release the Mayor and allow the State Police to assume the functions of public safety in this town wedged in the Mountain region.