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Ciudad Juarez: 427 women murdered from 1993 to 2007 – but 252 murdered so far in 2010 alone.

“All this, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas

Press records show that murders of women in the Ciudad Juarez area have taken place this year as follows: 16 in January, 9 in February, 28 in March, 15 in April and 17 in May. June closed with 29 victims, July with 25 cases and August ended with 41 violent deaths. The number for September was 44, a new record. October has already had 28 assassinations of women in 19 days. The 23 year old woman whose body was found abandoned on a street in Juarez just a couple of days ago died after a guitar string was wrapped around her neck and then was twisted until her head was severed.

While in fourteen years, from Jan. of 1993 to Dec. of 2007, there were 427 women murdered there, this year there have already been 252 such cases.”

“Women — many as young as fourteen — comprise 70 per cent of the Juárez workforce. They eke out a four-dollar-a-day living in the maquiladoras — sweatshop factories that have mushroomed along the border since Mexico signed up to the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1992. Yet in addition to exploitation and squalor, the women of Ciudad Juárez are oppressed by a murder rate that has attracted worldwide revulsion.”

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Texas National Guardsman slain in Ciudad Juarez

“The Texas National Guard today has confirmed that a man murdered in Ciudad Juarez this Wednesday, Jose Gil Hernandez, 22, of El Paso Texas, was an off-duty private first class assigned to the Headquarters Battery 3rd Battalion, 133 Field Artillery.

Gil Hernandez and another man, Rafael Ramirez Reza, 43, were gunned down from a moving vehicle by an unknown group of armed men as they spoke outside of a home in the colonia Revolucion Mexicana in south Juarez. Another man, Manuel Galindo, 19, survived the attack and was hospitalized.”

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Municipal Official, Son Murdered in Ciudad Juarez

“A municipal commissioner and his son were murdered over the weekend in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, prosecutors said.

Rito Grado Serrano and his son, Rigoberto Grado Villa, were killed at their house in Ciudad Juarez, located across the border from El Paso, Texas, on Saturday night.

Several gunmen went to the house after 8:00 p.m. Saturday and opened fire on the 59-year-old Grado Serrano and his 37-year-old son, the Chihuahua state Attorney General’s Office said.”

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Panic in Social Security clinic in Ciudad Juarez, gunmen kill three

“CIUDAD JUAREZ, October 11 .- An armed group killed three people last night outside the clinic 6 Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS), two of whom were shot while trying to enter the emergency area.

North Zone Prosecutors said in a report that the attack occurred about 23:15 pm on Sunday, which caused panic among patients and personal Medical hospital.

Early indications are that the victims were targeted by gunmen and sought refuge in the hospital.”

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Death toll in Juarez and other parts of Mexico increases on a daily basis.

“Drug cartels in Mexico are fighting and often shoot anyone in their path — and one local family said they lost a relative because of it.

According to some reports, more than 1,000 people have been killed in Chihuahua, Mexico since the beginning of this year. Now, the violence has hit home for one Duke City family.

“My brother was the joker of the family. He was really happy all the time,” the victim’s sister, Carmen Alcantar, said.

Alcantar said her brother, Miguel, had a girlfriend and a 2-year-old daughter in Chihuahua. Despite warnings from his family, Miguel went to see them last week.

“We’ve always told him not to go down there and that he should perhaps get his family here,” Alcantar said.

“Two cars drove up beside him and there were two others with him in the vehicle. They took out their machine guns and they were masked men,” Alcantar said.

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Blood keeps flowing in Ciudad Juarez

“Nine persons, among them a Municipal Police captain, were shot yesterday afternoon, and during the morning another five Juarenses (read: Juarez residents) were deprived of life violently, so that Tuesday’s total number of victims reaches 14.”

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Border Patrol agents exchange gunfire across U.S-Mexico border.

U.S. Border Patrol agents fired gunshots into Mexico after coming under attack during a half-ton drug bust and giving chase to a truck along the Rio Grande, U.S. authorities said Monday.

No Border Patrol agents were hurt during the “fire fight” early Saturday in Mission, agency spokeswoman Rosalinda Huey said. She did not say whether Border Patrol gunfire hit anyone, citing the ongoing investigation.

“The firing they received came from the Mexican side,” Huey said.

Reports of bullets whizzing across the border from Mexico also are on the rise. At least eight bullets have been fired into El Paso in the last few weeks from the rising violence in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where drug violence has killed more than 4,000 people since 2009, making it one of the deadliest cities in the world.

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Car bomb discovered and disarmed in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

Borderland Beat Reporter Gerardo

“Mexican Federal police in Ciudad Juárez continue to investigate a foiled car bombing attempt in the parking lot of a day-care center along Hernamos Escobar Avenue in the Omega Industrial Park.

Mexican Federal police spokesman José Ramón Salinas said officers responded to a call late Friday night about a dead body found in a blue Ford Escape parked on the street outside of the day care center.

“When police arrived at the scene, they found the man’s body inside the Escape and discovered an explosive device inside a red Kia compact car in the parking lot of the day care center” Salinas said. “But as they inspected further, they found more explosive materials inside the Kia.”

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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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Ciudad Juárez, Mexico: They Poured Gasoline on Him and Lit a Match

They Took Him Out of the Vehicle, Poured Gasoline on Him, and Lit a Match

While more than 2,030 homicides have taken place in Ciudad Juarez during this year, the state attorney general prosecutors have only been able to find suspects in 67 of those cases, that is, one in every hundred. This is seen as a motivating factor for others to commit crimes, since the local perception is that killing has no consequences here.

Jesus Camarillo, a law professor at the University of Ciudad Juarez, said in an interview that, “In civilized societies, every conflict must be resolved by a third party, which is the State, now practically excluded, and then the conflict is resolved by private vengeance, and that is what we see presently: a state of barbarism, because the state’s presence is totally excluded, since there is no one to challenge crimes, no one to investigate them.”

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Ciudad Juárez, Mexico: Three dead bodies found behind shopping center

“Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua.- Three dead bodies were found in the early morning hours before dawn behind the shopping center near Tecnologico and Ejercito Nacional.

There were indications they had been tortured before being executed. A sign painted on the chest of one of the bodies said “For being extortionists.” The men had duct tape wrapped around their heads and plastic neckties.

About 500 yards away another dead body, this one wrapped in black garbage bags, was found with a message, “For kidnapping,”


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Mexicans Discover Mutilated Body of Police Officer

Residents in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, discovered the severely mutilated body of a federal police officer Sunday outside a strip mall, the latest victim in Mexico’s ongoing drug war.

Unknown assailants “pulled off the hands, feet, head, legs and arms” of the victim, the state of Chihuahua prosecutor’s office said.

Other victims reported over the weekend include three in the border town of Palomas — their heads were left on benches in the downtown plaza — three killed in the state capital Chihuahua City, four in Parral, and five shot dead in Ciudad Juarez, police said.

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Operation Chihuahua

“Coordinated Operation Chihuahua or formerly known as Joint Operation Chihuahua is a Military and Federal Police operation started in 2008 by the Mexican Army and Policía Federal Preventiva. The objective is to “besiege” Ciudad Juárez to concentrate forces and saturate the area to confront the three cartels already operating in the city.

Ciudad Juárez is known to be one of the most dangerous cities in the Americas. In the year 2007 more than 100 police officers were killed in Juárez in attacks blamed on organized crime.

The violence generated by the war of the drug cartels for control of drug routes translated into some 6,000 killings in 2008.”

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