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Mexican Gunmen Torch Printing Plant

Monterrey raid follows attack on newspaper offices

(Newser) - Gunmen in Mexico have raided and set fire to a printing plant in the fourth attack on Monterrey-area media facilities in the space of weeks. The plant was used to print and distribute magazines, including leading news magazine Proceso, which reports extensively on the country's drug war and has... More »

44 Dead in Mexico Prison Riot

Rival drug gangs probably contributed to violence

(Newser) - The death toll in yesterday's riot inside a Mexican prison has now climbed to 44, officials say. No guards were among the dead, but MSNBC reports that corrupt ones may have helped enable the brawl. All the Apodaca prison's guards are reportedly being held for questioning. The clash... More »

Mexico Prison Riot Kills 20

Guards regain control after a few hours at facility outside Monterrey

(Newser) - A prison riot in northern Mexico left about 20 people dead early today, according to a security official. A Nuevo Leon state public security spokesman told Milenio television that the riot broke out at about 2am at a prison in the city of Apodaca outside the northern industrial city of... More »

Texan Missionaries Slain in Mexico

John, Wanda Casias found dead in home near Monterrey

(Newser) - An elderly missionary couple from Texas have been murdered in the Mexican town where they lived and preached since 1979. John and Wanda Casias were found dead in their home in Santiago, near Monterrey, in an area ravaged by battling drug cartels. They were strangled with electrical cords, and a... More »

5 Cartel Members Busted for Casino Killings

Attack that killed 52 puts spotlight on corruption

(Newser) - Mexico has arrested five alleged members of the Zetas cartel for the attack that killed 52 people in a Monterrey casino last week. Authorities say all five have confessed to involvement in the attack, one of the deadliest against ordinary Mexicans in the country's 5-year-old war on drug cartels,... More »

53 Killed in Attack on Mexican Casino

Gunmen spray gasoline, set Monterrey casino ablaze

(Newser) - At least 53 people were killed yesterday when gunmen burst into a casino in Monterrey and started a fire that trapped gamblers inside. Survivors say the Casino Royale gunmen sprayed gasoline and ordered people to get out, but panicked gamblers fled further inside the building, the Wall Street Journal reports.... More »

Singing Teacher Keeps Kids Calm During Shootout

Monterrey kindergarten teacher hailed for bravery

(Newser) - A Mexican kindergarten teacher who calmly led her class in song as a drug cartel gun battle raged nearby has been honored for bravery. In a video of the heartbreaking scene, which went viral after a local news site found it on her Facebook page, Martha Rivera Alanis can be... More »

Mexican Police Force Quits After Cartel Attack

Town's entire force flees as gunmen attack new station

(Newser) - The entire police force of a small Mexican town rapidly decided police work wasn't for them after cartel gunmen attacked their new headquarters. All 15 members of the force in Los Ramones, on the outskirts of Monterrey, resigned and fled in terror as gunmen attacked the building—inaugurated just three... More »

7 Killed in Acapulco Shootout

Mob justice on the rise amid relentless cartel violence

(Newser) - At least seven people were killed in Acapulco yesterday in what police believe was a clash between rival drug gangs. Guns and grenades were used to attack a house in a residential part of the resort city, AP reports. Further north, suspected cartel hitmen killed the mayor of a small... More »

Kidnapped Mexican Mayor Found Dead

Monterrey-area mayor had been trying to stamp out corruption

(Newser) - The body of a small-town Mexican mayor was found along a roadside yesterday, two days after he had been kidnapped from his home. Edelmiro Cavazos Leal was handcuffed and blindfolded and police say there were signs of torture, CNN reports. The mayor of the Monterrey suburb of Santiago had been... More »

50-Strong Kidnap Gang Raids Mexican Hotel

Guests seized in attack on Monterrey Holiday Inn

(Newser) - A gang of some 50 hooded gunmen raided two hotels in Monterrey, Mexico, yesterday, kidnapping 3 Mexican businessmen and a woman and 2 employees. The thugs stormed through the city's Holiday Inn and a hotel across the road, the Los Angeles Times reports. More »

Mexico Captures Drug Suspect on Most-Wanted List

'El Gori' believed to be top lieutenant of the Gulf drug cartel

(Newser) - Soldiers have arrested a suspected member of a powerful drug cartel who is listed among Mexico's 37 most-wanted traffickers. Raymundo Almanza Morales was captured in the northern city of Monterrey after soldiers received an anonymous tip. His brother was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of masterminding the killing of... More »

Mexico's Drug Lords Target Reporters

Station attack comes with clear message to drop coverage

(Newser) - The epidemic of violence related to Mexico's drug trade has spilled over into media coverage of the situation, with drug lords attempting to scare journalists out of doing their jobs. Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world for reporters, reports the Christian Science Monitor: Eleven died... More »

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