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Posted: 7/19/2010 3:17:18 AM EDT

Officials: Gunmen kill 17 at party in Mexico
57 commentsJul. 18, 2010 11:25 AM
Associated Press
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PIEDRAS NEGRAS, Mexico (AP) — Gunmen stormed a party in northern Mexico on Sunday and massacred 17 people, authorities said.

The assailants arrived at the gathering in the city of Torreon in several cars and opened fire without saying a word, the Coahuila state Attorney General's Office said in statement. At least 18 people were wounded.


Several of the victims were young and some were women, but their identities and ages had not yet been determined.

Television footage showed the patio of the house streaked with bloodstains and white plastic chairs overturned beneath a party tent decorated with pictures of snowmen. Police found more than 120 bullet casings at the scene, most of them from .223-caliber weapons.

Investigators had no suspects or information on a possible motive.

Coahuila is among several northern states that has seen a spike in drug-related violence that authorities attribute to a fight between the Gulf cartel and its former enforcers, known as the Zetas.

In May, gunmen killed eight people at a bar in Torreon. Later that month, a television station and the offices of a local newspaper came under fire. A pregnant woman was wounded in the attack on the offices of Noticias de El Sol de la Laguna.

Across northern Mexico, there have been increasing reports of mass shootings at parties, bars and rehab clinics.

In the worst such massacre this year, gunmen raided a drug-rehab center in the northern city of Chihuahua and killed 19 people last month. In January, gunmen barged into a private party in the border city of Ciudad Juarez and killed 15, many of them high school or university students. Relatives say the January attack was a case of mistaken identity, while state officials claim someone at the party was targeted, although they have not said who it was.

The killings in Torreon came three days after the first successful car bombing by drug cartels, an attack that introduced a new threat to Mexico's raging drug war.

The FBI has sent a small team to the crime scene to offer technical assistance to the Mexican investigators, FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons said. She did not immediately offer more details.

Mexican investigators have not said what type of explosive was used.

Drug-gang members detonated the bomb after luring federal police and paramedics to an intersection in Ciudad Juarez by shooting a bound man dressed in police uniform and calling in a false report of a wounded officer. Three people were killed, including a federal officer and a private doctor who had rushed to the scene to help.

Officials say 24,800 people have been killed in drug-gang violence since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels in December 2006, deploying soand federal police to fight traffickers in their strongholds.

On Saturday, four municipal police officers patrolling in a truck were ambushed and killed in the Pacific coast resort city of Acapulco, state police said. A threatening message was scrawled on the truck's windshield.

The government attributes much of the rise in violence to infighting among drug gangs, whose leadership has been splintered after the arrest of kingpins.

Federal police said in a statement Sunday that they have arrested 1,626 people suspected of belonging to the command structures of Mexico's drug gangs since Calderon launched his offensive. They said 622 of the detainees belong to the Gulf cartel and 304 to the Sinaloa cartel.

On Sunday, a judge formally charged an alleged leader of the Beltran Leyva cartel, Jose Gerardo Alvarez, with organized crime. Alvarez, who had a $2 million U.S. bounty on his head, was captured in April after soldiers battled his men in a wealthy neighborhood on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Three people were killed in the shootout.

The federal government has steadily wiped out the leadership of the once-powerful Beltran Leyva cartel. In December, cartel boss Arturo Beltran Leyva was killed in a gunbattle with marines in the central city of Cuernavaca. Two of his brothers are behind bars.

A fourth brother, Hector Beltran Leyva, remains at large and is believed to be battling for control of the cartel against Edgar Valdez Villareal, a U.S.-born suspect known as "La Barbie."

Mexican authorities say Alvarez partnered with Valdez in his quest for control of the gang.



Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/07/18/20100718-mexico-shooting-ON.html#ixzz0u7s2JOGi
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 3:19:22 AM EDT
How bad is this going to get?
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 3:20:54 AM EDT
These people (the attackers) aren't even human beings.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 3:35:34 AM EDT
I have no idea who is waiting for what, but it's way past the time to put a huge smack down on  the Mexican drug cartels.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 3:40:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Danner130:
How bad is this going to get?


You have to wonder,horrible stuff.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 3:45:44 AM EDT
Almost 25000 people killed in less than 4 years and we pretend that everything is ok. I wonder how many have been killed in Iraq in the same amount of time?
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 3:51:24 AM EDT
Originally Posted By zdog:
Almost 25000 people killed in less than 4 years and we pretend that everything is ok. I wonder how many have been killed in Iraq in the same amount of time?


87?
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:42:51 AM EDT
Originally Posted By bluetick357:
Originally Posted By Danner130:
How bad is this going to get?


You have to wonder,horrible stuff.


Give a few more years....it'll be on our side soon.


Fuck OBAMA!
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:47:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 7/19/2010 6:49:16 AM EDT by Kitulu]
Originally Posted By AFA:
Originally Posted By bluetick357:
Originally Posted By Danner130:
How bad is this going to get?


You have to wonder,horrible stuff.


Give a few more years....it'll be on our side soon.


Fuck OBAMA!


Which is why we should be deploying to the Arizona border as we draw down from Iraq and Afghanistan. No need to worry about Texas...















...they have the State Guard, after all!*



*yes, TxSG guys, that was a joke, I am not picking on the SG.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:50:45 AM EDT
Not a very fun party.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:57:15 AM EDT
120 rds to get 17 people ?


they dont belive in one shot one kill do they   ?
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 6:57:56 AM EDT
Originally Posted By DDiggler:
Not a very fun party.


i think id go off also if my party tent had snowmen on it.

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:23:23 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Danner130:
How bad is this going to get?


This violence will spill over the border and the Kenyan will STILL do nothing to protect this nation. It will keep getting bad. The only end in sight will maybe be after he is voted out of office and someone with the balls enough to protect America comes into power.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:34:01 AM EDT
Damn. And they say they are "unsure" of the motive. Drugs maybe???
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:34:16 AM EDT
Originally Posted By cluster:
120 rds to get 17 people ?


they dont belive in one shot one kill do they   ?



You should see how many rounds it takes to kill Haji over in A-Stan.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:34:48 AM EDT
damn

Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:36:52 AM EDT
The Mexican government needs to start using air power against cartel assets.




Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:39:23 AM EDT
.223 casings.....GREAT!!  

This is not going to end well when it starts happening on the US side more and more.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 7:45:11 AM EDT
Kinda reminds me of the beginning of the Thomas Jane Punisher movie.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:02:37 PM EDT



Originally Posted By zdog:


Almost 25000 people killed in less than 4 years and we pretend that everything is ok. I wonder how many have been killed in Iraq in the same amount of time?


http://www.icasualties.org/



 
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:06:00 PM EDT

The killings in Torreon came three days after the first successful car
bombing
by drug cartels, an attack that introduced a new threat to
Mexico's raging drug war.





The FBI has sent a small team to the crime scene to offer technical
assistance to the Mexican investigators, FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons
said. She did not immediately offer more details.





Mexican investigators have not said what type of explosive was used.





Drug-gang members detonated the bomb after luring federal police and
paramedics to an intersection in Ciudad Juarez by shooting a bound man
dressed in police uniform and calling in a false report of a wounded
officer. Three people were killed, including a federal officer and a
private doctor who had rushed to the scene to help.





In case anyone missed that part of the article.




Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:15:47 PM EDT
If we had anybody else besides Zero as Prez I'd say another "punitive expedition" into that enema bag of a country was in order!
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:17:44 PM EDT
Was it during the hat dance?  Please tell me it wasn't during the hat dance.  Thats just going too damned far!
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:39:44 PM EDT
Originally Posted By MP15XBOB:
.223 casings.....GREAT!!  

This is not going to end well when it starts happening on the US side more and more.


That was my thought as well.  It's bad enough that they're smart enough to use a more effective cartridge than the usual pistol rounds, but the lefties are bound to seize on the fact.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:42:33 PM EDT



Originally Posted By peekay:


The Mexican government needs to start using air power against cartel assets.





The cartels keep track of all government communications. They'd know if they were about to get bombed.

 
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:51:55 PM EDT
Originally Posted By AFA:
Originally Posted By bluetick357:
Originally Posted By Danner130:
How bad is this going to get?


You have to wonder,horrible stuff.


Give a few more years....it'll be on our side soon.


Fuck OBAMA!





I'm somewhat surprised that it's not here already. I'm just waiting for the day to come when I can turn on fox news and hear about the first real car bomb going off somewhere in the USA. I don't look forward to it but I won't be surprised when it happens here either.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 4:52:01 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Infallible:
Was it during the hat dance?  Please tell me it wasn't during the hat dance.  Thats just going too damned far!


Those SAVAGES!
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:11:36 PM EDT
"The assailants arrived at the gathering in the city of Torreon in several cars and opened fire without saying a word, the Coahuila state Attorney General's Office said in statement"

That seems an odd statement to make. One may say "no one knew the reason for the shooting" or " no one heard them say anything" or "they opened fire without warning"  But saying they "opened fire without saying a word" presumes that they didn't even talk among themselves.  Just seems an odd thing to say.
Link Posted: 7/19/2010 5:18:03 PM EDT
Originally Posted By monkeyman:
"The assailants arrived at the gathering in the city of Torreon in several cars and opened fire without saying a word, the Coahuila state Attorney General's Office said in statement"

That seems an odd statement to make. One may say "no one knew the reason for the shooting" or " no one heard them say anything" or "they opened fire without warning"  But saying they "opened fire without saying a word" presumes that they didn't even talk among themselves.  Just seems an odd thing to say.


Probably a shitty translation.
Link Posted: 7/20/2010 9:00:04 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Maryland_Shooter:
I have no idea who is waiting for what, but it's way past the time to put a huge smack down on  the Mexican drug cartels.


From what I've gathered, Mexico *is* putting a huge smack down on the cartels.  They aggressively went after the leadership and took out most of it, leaving a huge power vacuum for everyone who's left to fight for control.
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