Nuevo Laredo has seen no break in violence as gunfights occur almost daily. Attacks on bars and restaurants continue to occur, leaving none safe. Seven were recently killed in the La Palma restaurant and grenades were thrown in the Taverna de Moe bar.
ARTICLES BELOW DETAILING SOME OF THE RECENT VIOLENCE
By Laredo Morning Times
Published: Tuesday, December 18, 2012 8:00 AM CST
Five alleged members of an organized crime gang died Monday morning after a half-hour gunfight following an ambush of soldiers in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
That increased the December death toll to 17 in a week of gang-related violence in the city, a federal source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
At about 8:30 a.m., gunmen attacked a military convoy traveling through an area known as “Caracol,” or snail in Spanish, located at Anahuac and the Airport highways.
“Gunmen fired on the soldiers,” the source said. “All of them were very young men.”
Traffic was described as heavy during the gunfight due to the early hour, but there were no reports of injuries or deaths to motorists.
Soldiers cordoned off the area, which was reopened to traffic at about 10 a.m. after authorities investigated the incident.
The source said soldiers confiscated four assault weapons, ammunition, radios and other unspecified military hardware.
“In the most recent clashes, we’ve noticed the majority of gunmen are young people between 16 to 25 years old,” the federal source said.
“In fact, we believe they are inexperienced in handling weapons and training seems very minimal.”
Violent erupted in Nuevo Laredo after officials stated a truce between the Gulf Cartel and Zetas was broken.
The following is a recap of the violence this month:
Early December: In the Anahuac neighborhood, an 18-year-old man was killed in a shootout with soldiers. Other gunmen fled, leaving behind a vehicle and weapons.
Dec. 11: Authorities found the bodies of two men on the Riverside Highway in Parás, Nuevo Leon. The mutilated bodies were reported around 10:30 a.m.
On the same day, at 11:40 p.m. gunmen entered Carnes Asadas La Palma and killed four men and a pregnant woman.
The gunmen shot the five restaurant employees after they demanded 11 pounds of meat.
The federal source said authorities believe the restaurant owner was one of the victims, and that the gunmen asking for meat were demanding a protection fee, known as a “cuota de piso.”
Dec. 12: A young man’s body was found on Nayarit Street in the Jardin neighborhood. Later that afternoon, two young men were shot to death at the intersection of Donato Guerra and February 5 streets, a federal source said.
Dec. 13: A chase involving suspects left one person dead and another one injured in the Anahuac neighborhood.
(Translated by Mark Webber of the Times staff.)
Ola violenta deja 5 muertos en Laredo
Última actualización el Martes, 18 de Diciembre de 2012 13:46
Escrito por La Tarde Reynosa
Reporta Ejército 19 detenidos con arsenales y asegura 41 vehículos en una semana
En menos de 24 horas, la violencia del noreste del país abarcó ayer a Nuevo Laredo donde grupos de la delincuencia organizada atacaron a elementos del Ejército, con saldo de cinco agresores abatidos y el decomiso de granadas, armas y municiones, informó la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional.
La Sedena, a través de la Comandancia de la IV Región Militar y de la Octava Zona Militar, emitió un comunicado donde señala que fueron atacados a las 8:35 horas del lunes sobre la carretera de Nuevo Laredo a Piedras Negras, Coahuila, kilómetro 12.
En el incidente fueron abatidos cuatro hombres y una mujer y lograron asegurar cuatro armas largas, un lanzagranadas, 61 cargadores, mil 360 cartuchos y un vehículo.
El nuevo enfrentamiento elevó a 11 la cifra de muertos en últimas horas en Tamaulipas, que vivió su segundo día balaceras, luego de las registradas el domingo en Ciudad Victoria y Matamoros con saldo de seis muertos –entre ellos un adulto mayor– y dos civiles heridos, incluido un niño de nueve años.
Asimismo, la Defensa Nacional informó que en apoyo a la estructura de seguridad pública en Tamaulipas, durante el periodo comprendido del 8 al 14 de diciembre, fueron detenidos en flagrancia 19 individuos a quienes se les decomisaron 30 armas largas, tres armas cortas, 138 cargadores, 3 mil 22 cartuchos y 41 vehículos.
en ejido de Saltillo
En el ejido Guadalupe Victoria, sur del municipio de Saltillo, por la carretera a Zacatecas, fueron descubiertos ayer media docena de cadáveres (3 mujeres y 3 hombres) en estado de putrefacción, cuya identidad se desconoce aún, informó el vocero para temas de seguridad, Sergio Sisbeles Alvarado.
Los cuerpos presentan huellas de tortura y el tiro de gracia, además de que estaban en avanzado estado de descomposición.
De acuerdo a las primeras pesquisas, se estima que las víctimas fueron ejecutadas hace unos cuatro días, y aunque están irreconocibles, todas presentan impactos de bala. (Agencias/Nuevo Laredo, Tam.)
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