August 30, 2010 / 4:47 PM / 9 years ago

FACTBOX-Security developments in Mexico, Aug 23-30

Aug 30 (Reuters) - Following are selected incidents that took place during the past week in Mexico’s escalating war on powerful drug cartels.

More than 28,000 people have died since Mexican President Felipe Calderon launched his military campaign against drug traffickers after taking office in late 2006.

HIDALGO - Suspected drug hitmen killed the mayor of the small town in Tamaulipas state near the Gulf of Mexico on Aug. 29, police said. Mayor Marco Antonio Leal was shot dead by gunmen in sport utility vehicles as he drove afternoon through his rural municipality on Sunday. It was not clear why he was targeted.

REYNOSA - Suspected drug hitmen threw three grenades in the center of the city in Tamaulipas state, across from McAllen, Texas, on Aug. 28, injuring 15 people, Reynosa city hall authorities said.

CIUDAD VICTORIA - Two small car bombs exploded in the northern city, in Tamaulipas state, early on Aug. 27. The blasts, the second and third modest bombs planted in a vehicle this month in the city and the fourth in Mexico since July, caused no casualties but damaged buildings.

MONTERREY - Soldiers killed four suspected drug hitmen and arrested three others after they were ambushed on the outskirts of the northern industrial city in Nuevo Leon state on Aug. 27, the army said.

ACAPULCO - Police found 14 bodies on Aug. 27 across the Pacific beach resort of Acapulco, popular with U.S. tourists but also a key transit point for narcotics in the state of Guerrero. The bodies of several of the bound and blindfolded victims bore messages threatening rival cartels.

CIUDAD JUAREZ - Police found the charred bodies of nine people in a burnt-out car on the highway in Chihuaha state between the cities of Chihuahua and Ciudad Juarez, across from El Paso, Texas, early on Aug. 27.

SAN FERNANDO - Marines found the bodies of 72 people in an empty building at a remote ranch in Tamaulipas state on Aug. 24. The victims, believed to be Central and South American migrant workers and including 14 women, were blindfolded and bound before being lined up against a wall and shot dead. One Ecuadorean man survived and alerted Mexican authorities.

CIUDAD JUAREZ - A police chief and a government worker were killed in the border city on Aug. 23, a day in which a total of 10 people were killed in drug violence in Ciudad Juarez, in Chihuahua state. (Compiled by Robin Emmott in Monterrey; Editing by Missy Ryan and Eric Walsh)





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