Formal Travel Alert to Mexico Issued by U.S. Department of State

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The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO) extracts and condenses the material that follows from Mexican and Central and South American on-line media sources on a daily basis. You are free to disseminate this information, but we request that you credit NAFBPO as being the provider.

Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 10/15/08
The U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Antonio Garza, underscored the importance that U.S. visitors to Mexico know the risks involved in traveling and visiting in that country. After the formal travel alert issued by the U.S. Dep’t. of State on Tuesday, the ambassador said that “it reflects the reality prevailing in Mexico.”
(The State Dep’t. travel alert was also given wide press coverage throughout Mexico. The full alert notice, valid until April of 2009,  may be seen at the following  address:)

El Diario de Yucatan  (Merida, Yucatan)  10/14/08
(The following is the 1st. paragraph of a news item from Tijuana & posted at 9:31 a.m. 10/14/08):
Tijuana: “Five men were executed (sic) in three different events at the hands of commandos, who also wounded another individual and a woman with different caliber firearms.”
(But another Tijuana news entry in the same paper, this one posted at 6:57 p.m. (10/14/08) begins):
“Nine persons, among them three minors and a Rosarito Beach city policeman, were assassinated in a period of 12 hours.”
( The article then details each of the bloody events which started at 10 p.m. Monday. The last paragraph in the morbid accounts of deaths ends as follows):
“Near 6 p.m. the cadaver of an unknown (person) with signs of strangulation was found in a Tijuana River canal. His hands and ankles were tied with adhesive tape , (and) his head was covered by a plastic bag.”
El Informador  (Guadalajara, Jalisco)  10/14/08
The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, is being guarded by “more than” fifteen police officers after the U.S. Consulate in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, became the target last Sunday of a grenade and gunfire attack by two men last Sunday. The Nuevo Laredo consulate is also being guarded by private security guards.
La Jornada  (Mexico City)  10/15/08
The headline reads: “The death of 31 persons in various states is attributed to organized crime.”
Four active duty law enforcement agents , two others, now retired, two minors, besides other persons wounded in assaults, and a fire in a Chihuahua business because the owners didn’t pay their “quotas” to the mafia, were all part of yesterday’s events. Baja California accounted for the deaths of 12 persons in Mexicali, Tijuana & Rosarito Beach.

A wide-ranging search of other newspapers from Central & South America and Mexico did not produce other relevant news related to immigration and security in general.
El Diario  (Ciudad Juarez ed., Chihuahua)  10/14/08
–    The chief of police and one other police agent of Aldama, Chihuahua, were both murdered Tuesday afternoon in a car-to-car attack while both were in a patrol unit. The attack occurred a few kilometers north of Aldama, on the highway to Ojinaga. (Aldama is just N.E. of Chihuahua City. The attachment to this report is a photo showing the bullet impacted police patrol unit, – a pickup truck – which crashed as a result of the attack)
An article commenting that only two cases of homicide have been referred by Chihuahua local area officials to Mexico’s Department of Justice also states that as of October 13 of this year there have been 1,129 murders in Ciudad Juarez and its adjacent lower valley area during 2008. According to official data, the majority of these are related to organized crime.

Photo shows vehicle in which Chief of Police of Aldama, Chihuahua and a fellow police agent were murdered.
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