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Army Troops Kill 3 Gunmen in Northern Mexico

shooting in Monclova

shooting in Monclova

7/07/2013

Latin America Herald Tribune

MEXICO CITY – At least three suspected gunmen died in a shootout with army troops in Monclova, a city in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, officials said.

The shootout occurred on Saturday and involved an army special operations unit, the Coahuila Attorney General’s Office said.

The gunmen and soldiers engaged in the firefight around 1:00 a.m. Saturday on Bulevar Harold Pape in Monclova, the AG’s office said.

The dead gunmen, who were not carrying identification, were between 20 and 25, the AG’s office said.

Soldiers seized a 2008 Nissan [...]

Four Missing Students Given Up for Dead

Missing students Cecilia Picazo, Marlyn Pena, Cynthia Rivera and Carlos Nunez

4/25/2013

(Coahuila, Mexico) – Hope of finding alive four missing students from the University of Coahuila (UAC) faded with the first statements of a group of “halcones” (lookouts) allegedly linked to that event.

According to the testimony of the individuals arrested last weekend, Cecilia Picazo, Marlyn Pena, Cynthia Rivera, and Carlos Nunez, students of the seventh semester of the School of Accounting and Administration of the Monclova campus were killed because their captors confused them with other people they were looking for.

The attorney general of the state, Homero Ramos Gloria, said that the detainees were captured by Federal [...]

Mexico’s Zocalo Newspapers to Stop Reporting Crime News in Order to Assure Safety of Journalists

Zocalo Saltillo

3/12/2013

The Zocalo newspaper group, which publishes dailies in northern Mexico, said that commencing Monday it would stop reporting on organized crime because “there are no guarantees or security for the full exercise of journalism.”

The decision was made by the editorial council at Zocalo, which owns newspapers in the cities of Saltillo, Monclova, Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuña, all located in the northern state of Coahuila.

The end of crime coverage is aimed at ensuring the safety of reporters, the media company said.

Coverage of drug cartels and other organized crime groups is ending because the company has [...]