NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF FORMER BORDER PATROL OFFICERS
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Foreign News Report
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.
Excelsior (Mexico City) 3/11/09
This paper has a new feature: an interactive graphic map of Mexico with the current unofficial total of persons executed in Mexico by organized crime ( 1,228 so far this year); moving the cursor to the different states of Mexico shows that particular state’s current tally of such victims. The color coded map also shows the areas where each drug cartel operates and also a daily victim recount.
The graphic is updated Mon-Fri and may be accessed at:
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 3/11/09
The U.S. Ambassador to Honduras, Hugo Llorens, and the Minister of Security of Honduras, Jorge Rodas, both denied initial reports by some local radio stations saying that U.S. DEA helicopters had shot down a light aircraft loaded with drugs. The aircraft crashed in northern Honduras on Tuesday and may have hit an electrical post, though investigation continues; it did not land at an airport and it and the cargo were mostly destroyed by the ensuing fire.
El Nuevo Diario (Managua, Nicaragua) 3/11/09
A report by Nicaragua’s National Development Information Institute states that “yearly 40 thousand Nicaraguans leave the country permanently, and it is estimated that 62 percent of those emigrants are between the 15 and 29 years of age. The foregoing is attributed to the country’s social and economic problems.” The article goes on to describe a multitude of social problems in Nicaragua – teen and pre-teen pregnancy, violence in general and social polarization, increase in AIDS and violence against women.
a.m. (Leon, Guanajuato) 3/11/09
* When “AFI” (equiv. U.S. FBI) agents went to a house in Celaya, Guanajuato, its occupants, a gang of kidnappers, opened fire with heavy caliber weapons and grenades. The agents fired seventeen pepper gas missiles from a Bazooka launcher. Eventually, police officers from the surrounding area and army personnel also came. The result of the three hour confrontation was four dead, three wounded and four others arrested.
* Elsewhere, in the Valle de Santiago area of Guanajuato, a shootout between criminals left five more dead, strewn along the highway to Huanimaro.
El Diario de Coahuila (Saltillo, Coahuila) 3/11/09
* An “armed commando” burst into a bar in Gomez Palacio, Durango and used assault rifles to kill three waitresses and two patrons, one of whom was described as a handicapped man. In the same town, two adult males and two 15 year old twins were carried off and later found dead. All had been shot.
* And on the dry bed of the Nazas River which separates Gomez Palacio, Durango from Torreon, Coahuila, passersby found the mutilated body of a man. “He was found without arms and without feet.”
El Porvenir (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon) 3/11/09
Two Monterrey police department “commanders” have disappeared since Sunday, and now a third police officer from the same department has also been declared missing.
El Sur (Acapulco, Guerrero) 3/11/09
* At 7 a.m. on Tuesday the police chief of Valleluz, San Miguel, Guerrero, went to his horse corral. An hour later locals heard some gunshots. The body of the police chief was found; he had been hit with “various firearm impacts.”
* The Secretary of Public Security of the state of Guerrero stated that due to the acts of violence taking place they now provide police security escorts to seven city mayors in that state.
* Three police officers in Petatlan, Guerrero, were just dismissed: two for using drugs and the third one for making anonymous threats.
* In Acapulco, an ex-“Ministerial Investigations Police” officer was found shot to death in a taxi. Last Feb. 27th another ex-police officer was also shot and killed in Acapulco.
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