The National Defense Secretariat reported that the first incident occurred at dawn, in the community of El Higo when an armed group killed three people who drove a vegetable truck and, in another part of the country, threw a grenade, killing another civilian.
Subsequently, the Federal Highway Tempoal-Panuco, armed attackers hijacked a bus and killed two passengers. Then, on the same route, they stopped a second bus and the shooters killed four people.
To check what happened, the driver of a third bus descended from his vehicle and was killed.
After the attack, soldiers of the Mexican army pursued the attackers and, after locating them, there arose a shooting that resulted in the deaths of five gunmen. No one was arrested.
In the aftermath, the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros called on its citizens use extreme caution when transiting or living in Veracruz.
At least 16 people died, including five suspected assassins, after several assaults and attacks by an armed group and an ensuing confrontation with authorities in Veracruz.
The Attorney General of the organization said in a statement that one of the armed group’s attack took place early yesterday morning in the town of El Higo, where officials reported four civilians killed in unspecified circumstances.
Later, the group of criminals attacked on the road against three Panuco Tempoal-passenger buses. In these events killed six commuters and a driver.
After the attack, authorities mounted an operation to trace the attackers and be located was raised after a confrontation that resulted in the death of five alleged gunmen.
The attackers were found five rifles, 54 magazines and eight cell phones, in addition to an armored van.
The state authority did not say whether the attackers belong to a drug cartel.
In the aftermath, the government of Veracruz said will strengthen surveillance of the roads in the area to protect passengers.
The Veracruz government spokeswoman, Gina Dominguez explained that he had knowledge of the attack on the bus is connected to the murders of four people in El Higo.
In an interview by Francisco Zea, to Multimedia Image Group , the state official said the ministerial proceedings are already underway.
He also said that people who witnessed the events should be called to make their statements and thus know the phone.
After the attacks, the state governor, Javier Duarte de Ochoa acknowledged that Veracruz is not exempt from complex moments facing the country, hence urged the integration of all Veracruz.
“We must stay together and united, moving forward,” he said in relation to the events of yesterday morning, according to what the government said the entity.
The governor said that shortly will be notified officially of the Veracruz.
He also noted: “There are issues that are not only unique to Veracruz and in that sense what we are doing is to confront and solve them,” he said.
The Ministry of National Defense (Sedena) condemned the acts and expressed condolences to the families of the victims who lost their lives in attacks in the town of Panuco, Veracruz.
The federal agency said in a statement that these actions people died as a result of assaults and attacks against the population by members of organized crime.
Reported that during the early hours of yesterday Mexican Army personnel moved to the Panuco-Tantoyuca road to serve a citizen complaint regarding that gunmen stormed that place passenger buses and attacked civilians.
In making awards in the area spotted a group of subjects, who attacked the troops, so the military troops repelled the attack. In the clash killed five attackers.
He said that this group of offenders during the first hours in El Higo took the lives of three people who were loading a truck with vegetables and elsewhere in the population threw a grenade, a fact which killed another civilian.
Subsequently, on the road to Tempoal, at the point called the “Y” stormed a bus and killed two passengers, later on the same road stopped a second bus on which shots were fired from firearms.
In this attack killed four people, and to verify what happened on a third bus driver alighted from his vehicle and was killed by those criminals.
From the facts noted the authorities, who were available to the bodies of the victims and secured by the troops.
EU launches violence alert
The U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, yesterday warned its citizens who visit, transit or reside in the northern part of Veracruz, to exercise caution before the facts of violence in the region, which killed 11 cities traveling aboard buses, by alleged members of organized crime.
The document states that one should be alert when traveling to the state of Veracruz, mainly in the north on the border with Tamaulipas and San Luis Potosi.
“The Americans in this area should monitor local news to stay informed about situations that may affect their safety.
“The Consulate General also reminds U.S. citizens to avoid traveling long distance by road at night,” said diplomatic representatives.
He also explained that the “morning of December 22, several vehicles, including three regular passenger buses were attacked with firearms in northern Veracruz, resulting in several deaths. One of the bus was traveling on Highway 105 between the towns of Panuco and Tempoal “.
The consulate through the State Department advised U.S. citizens in Mexico and this state, to postpone nonessential travel to the state of Tamaulipas.
Consular representation reminded that U.S. citizens to obtain information from most recent backup, if you are traveling abroad should regularly monitor the websites of the Department of State in the section on the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Alerts.
Change made to the director of the Police Academy!
The Public Security Secretariat (SSP) of the state reported that the first captain of infantry, Alejandro Lopez-Ferrer, assumed the leadership of the State Police Academy The Lencero.
He explained that this measure corresponds to the institutional redesign in this area, with which it seeks to professionalize the police in the state that will be prepared within the new policing model.
“With the firm conviction to remain as a police trainer prepared, courageous and a mystic of different service, the State Police Academy is supported by a senior faculty that ensures the professionalism of its elements with quality standards’ he said.
According to Lopez Ferrer’s resume, he served for 21 years in the Mexican army, with training in the Narcotics Unit at Fort Bragg, United States, specialized training for special forces instructors, basic course and advanced course counter-terrorism diving and parachuting.
He has served as an instructor in special forces units, teaching subjects such as tactics and techniques of intervention, diving, shooting reaction and advanced marksmanship, defensive and offensive driving, he said.
- Mexican government: 11 dead in attacks (cnn.com)
- 11 killed in attacks on Mexican buses, town (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Mexican State Violence Kills 16 (foxnews.com)