Monterrey NL (SUN/Frontera, 5/20/11) – A strong army clashed today with armed men in the municipality of Juárez, that left two suspected criminals dead. Weapons were also seized, police sources said. According to a preliminary report, the battle occurred around 2:30 a.m. while the military was on a surveillance patrol of colonia Villas de San José. The officers of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) tried to halt the suspects’ car, a white Toyota Corolla with plate number SJH 1567, but its occupants shot at the military with firearms, which repelled the aggression firing back. The report noted that a large group of criminals managed to escape from the confrontation area. They fled aboard several trucks on the Monterrey-Reynosa highway. He added that the gunmen killed by federal forces were between 20 and 25 years of age. They were each found with AK-47 assault rifles. Staff of the Forensic Medical Service (Semefo) came to collect the bodies of the alleged assassins and moved them to the Amphitheater of the Hospital Universitario where a forensic autopsy will be completed by law.

TIJUANA BC (Frontera, Luis Gerardo Andrade, 5/20/11) - Not satisfied with having stolen an independent taxi, criminals shot the driver in his leg. The assailants have not been captured. Municipal police reported that around 11 p.m. on Thursday they were informed of a violent assault at Paseo Laurel and Paseo Álamo in colonia El Refugio in delegación Presa Rural. There they met Magdaleno Miranda Lopez, 35, who showed them the bullet wound to his foot. He noted that moments before two men, wearing black pants, one with a white shirt, the other with a black shirt, asked him to take them to the Maclovio Rojas cooperative. While driving there he was overpowered and tried to resist. One fired a gun causing the injury described above. I then tried to escape. The taxi has green stripes. It is a Nissan Tsuru with tax number 7571.

TIJUANA BC (Frontera, Ana l. Gomez, 5/20/11) - Since the early hours of this morning, there has been a long wait at the Tijuana border crossing into United States thru the San Ysidro gates. However, a shorter wait time can be expected thru the Otay gates, according to the website of the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP for its acronym in English). At 10 a.m. thru San Ysidro, there was a 1-hour 50-minute wait in the car crossing with 19-open lines and 50-minutes of waiting at the pedestrian crossing with 12 open lines. At that same time thru Otay, they had a 30-minute wait in the automobile crossing with 9 lines open and only 15-minutes of waiting at the pedestrian crossing with six-lines open.

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