Pue­bla, Mex­ico

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Shot dur­ing surgery: A Mex­i­can gang leader was shot dead last week while he was on the oper­at­ing ta­ble hav­ing surgery to change his ap­pear­ance and erase his fin­ger­prints. Gun­men, be­lieved to be mem­bers of a ri­val fac­tion within the same gang, burst into the clinic where Je­sus Martin was be­ing treated and killed him, along with three oth­ers. A fur­ther eight peo­ple – five sus­pected gang mem­bers and three by­standers – were killed in a re­lated attack on a nearby farm be­ing used by the crim­i­nals as a base. Po­lice say that Martin was a big player in a gang sus­pected of si­phon­ing fuel from pipe­lines – a highly risky, but lu­cra­tive, busi­ness that has be­come Mex­ico’s sec­ond big­gest or­gan­ised crime prob­lem af­ter drug-traf­fick­ing.

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