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Caribbean-Latin America
Mexican security forces bag 6 bad guys in Piedras Negras
2012-11-06

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By Chris Covert
Rantburg.com

A series of running gunfights took the lives of six armed suspects in Piedras Negras, Coahuila on Sunday and Monday, according to Mexican news accounts and Twitter reports.

According to a news item posted on the website of Milenio news daily, the gunfights began at about 1100 hrs Sunday when Policia Federal (PF) operatives encountered armed suspects, killing four. The location in Piedras Negras of Sunday's encounter has not been disclosed.

Monday three separate gunfights took place within minutes of one another leaving another three armed suspects dead and two PF operatives wounded.

The first encounter took place near the intersection of calles Berrueto and Diamante in Los Espejos colony at about 1410 hrs.

Forty minutes later at 1450 hrs in Periodistas colony a second gunfight took place. Three minutes later a third encounter took place, this time leaving two armed suspects dead. One vehicle and three rifles were seized in the aftermath of the gunfight.

Piedras Negras is suffering from a severe increase of drug gang activities attributable to the prison break in late September, which sprang 129 inmates, reportedly most of them members of Los Zetas. Mexican security forces have reinforced the area in response.

At last count, of the 129 escapees, 104 remain at large.

Ciudad Acuna, another border city near Piedras Negras, was where the son of disgraced former Coahuila governor Humberto Moreira was murdered. Eduardo Moreira was murdered in October.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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