Mar 23, 2012

Seven men killed in Angostura, Sinaloa

El Milenio: "Seven people were shot by a group armed with high-caliber weapons early Friday morning in the town of Angostura, Sinaloa, reported local sources.

According to information released by the police, the events occurred on the 88th kilometer of the Benito Juárez Highway, near the Agustina Ramírez rest stop in Angostura.

It was established that the gunmen burst into the area known as “Las Cachimbas,” through which they descended carrying AK-47 and AR-15 rifles in multiple units. Authorities stated that they brought two captives bound hand-and-foot in one of their cars.

They then lined up four employees of the establishment, a truck driver, and the two men who had been brought tied up and they forced them to lie face down on the asphalt of the federal highway. They then shot the seven dead with their powerful rifles and got back into their cars, disappearing on the highway.

The victims were identified as Carmelo Vázquez Medell, 59 years old, Jesús Eduardo Valenzuela Vázquez, 30, and Juan Miguel and Martín Mora Aguilera, 24 and 42 respectively, all residents of the Agustina Ramírez neighborhood.

Truck driver Luis Alonso Moreno Sauceda, 29, a resident of the town of El Manchón in Mocorito township, who happened to be eating nearby at the time of the massacre, was also killed.

The identities of the two other victims are not known.

After the killing, the zone was cordoned off by soldiers and police, as well as the Special Public Prosecutor for Intentional Homicide, who immediately ordered a police deployment after receiving a report that the gunmen were reportedly “patrolling” in a group near the site of the attack." Spanish original

Translation: Michael Kane, Center for International Policy

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