Mex­i­can troops find 18 bod­ies near United State border

The Pak Banker - - 6international -

CIUDAD JUAREZ, MEX­ICO: Mex­i­can sol­diers found 18 bod­ies buried on a ranch near the Texas border on Mon­day, and gun­men killed a fe­male po­lice chief in the lat­est bout of un­re­lent­ing vi­o­lence in north­ern Mex­ico.

Troops act­ing on in­for­ma­tion ob­tained from sev­eral cap­tured drug hit­men dug out 18 bod­ies from 11 graves in the town of Palo­mas in Chi­huahua state, just across from the Big Bend Na­tional Park in Texas, po­lice said. It was not im­me­di­ately clear who was buried in the graves and how long the bod­ies had been there.

The grisly dis­cov­ery came hours af­ter sus­pected drug hit­men killed Her­mila Gar­cia, the 36-year-old po­lice chief of the town of Meo­qui in Chi­huahua state-a rare deadly at­tack on a fe­male Mex­i­can law en­force­ment of­fi­cial-the Chi­huahua state at­tor­ney gen­eral's of­fice said. Gar­cia was killed early on Mon­day as she drove her SUV through the town, in what could be a warn­ing to a string of other women who have re­cently taken on se­nior po­lice jobs in Chi­huahua. The state is home to Ciudad Juarez, Mex­ico's most vi­o­lent drug war city.

The drug vi­o­lence that has killed more than 31,000 peo­ple across the coun­try since De­cem­ber 2006 is tar­nish­ing the coun­try's in­ter­na­tional im­age and wor­ry­ing Washington and some in­vestors. Women, in­clud­ing a 20-year-old stu­dent and two housewives, have come for­ward in re­cent months to run lo­cal po­lice de­part­ments in Chi­huahua as many men are too scared to take the jobs.

Chi­huahua has be­come Mex­ico's most vi­o­lent state since Pres­i­dent Felipe Calderon launched his drug war four years ago. In and around Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas, some 7,200 peo­ple have died in drug vi­o­lence since Jan­uary 2008, when Mex­ico's top traf­ficker Joaquin "Shorty" Guz­man made a push to con­trol the city and its lu­cra­tive smug­gling routes.

De­spite the ar­rest of thou­sands of sus­pected gang mem­bers in Chi­huahua, the crack­down on car­tels has pro­voked a wave of vi­o­lent crime, as job­less young men fight over lo­cal kid­nap­ping, nar­cotics and ex­tor­tion rack­ets in Mex­ico's home­grown drug mar­ket. -Reuters

VI­ENNA: Aus­trian Fi­nance Min­is­ter Josef Proell (L) delivers his speech on the bud­get for 2011 in the par­lia­ment. -Reuters

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