Gunmen Free Prisoners, Kill 2 Guards in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico

“Gunmen rescued two inmates who were being transferred from a hospital to a prison and killed the two guards escorting the men in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico’s murder capital, a military spokesman said.

The incident occurred Tuesday morning at the intersection of Adolfo Lopez Mateos street and La Raza avenue in the northeastern section of the border city, Military Police spokesman Jaime Torres said.

“Regrettably, the two guards died when they were attacked by a convoy of armed men, who rescued the two inmates who had been taken to the General Hospital to receive medical care and were on their way back” to the prison, Torres said.

Ciudad Juarez, with 191 homicides per 100,000 residents, was the most violent city in the world in 2009, registering a higher murder rate than San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Caracas and Guatemala, two Mexican non-governmental organizations said in a report released earlier this year.”

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