Pue­bla, Mex­ico

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Sur­gi­cal hit: A leader of a Mex­i­can fuel-theft gang was shot dead last week while un­der­go­ing surgery to change his ap­pear­ance and erase his fin­ger­prints. Jesús Martín was on the op­er­at­ing ta­ble at a clinic in the city of Pue­bla when gun­men burst into the build­ing and killed him and three other peo­ple, pros­e­cu­tors said. The as­sas­sins were mem­bers of Martín’s own gang. The killings come amid a surge of in­fight­ing among fuel gangs in the state of Pue­bla, where at least 16 peo­ple have been killed in the past week. Fuel thieves drill an av­er­age of 28 il­le­gal taps into gas pipe­lines in Mex­ico ev­ery day, and then sell the si­phoned fuel. The dan­ger­ous but lu­cra­tive busi­ness has be­come Mex­ico’s sec­ond­biggest or­ga­nized crime prob­lem after drug traf­fick­ing.

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