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Baja & Border News Translations: Puerto Vallarta Police Director Attacked; Tijuana Journalist Found Dead
Puerto Vallarta Police Director Attacked (El Vigia, 10/15/12 by iglhrc)
Puerto Vallarta, BC Sur - An armed group launched a fragmentation grenade and fired on the convoy which transported the police Chief, who was unhurt but three civilians were wounded. As part of the securtiy response operation elements of various corporations arrived in strategic points of the city. Shortly before 8 in the morning Monday, an armed Brigade attacked the vehicle in which the Commissioner Directorate General of Citizen Security of Puerto Vallarta, Roberto Rodriguez Preciado, was traveling. He was unhurt, although there are at least three injured, including a minor with serious injuries.
According to unofficial reports, the Commissioner was traveling aboard a Suburban truck on federal highway 200, and arriving at the junction with Basilio Badillo in the colonia Emiliano Zapata two heavily armed subjects on foot opened fire with large R-15 and AK-47 assault weapons and also threw a grenade. The explosion caused the driver of the truck to lose control of the vehicle and he ended up colliding with a taxi parked outside of a pharmacy on la calle Insurgentes at the junction with Lázaro Cárdenas.
The Commissioner and his escort came out of the armored truck to repel fire and moved away from the area, as the vehicle caught fire, but the aggressors threw another grenade that exploded crashing on the sidewalk at the corner of Insurgentes and Lázaro Cárdenas, which injured some people.
The attackers escaped in a Pearl colored Ford Lobo pickup, with State of Jalisco JR-39861 license plates, which was found minutes later in the back of a Church in the Caloso colony on la calle Invierno. In its interior, long guns and a grenade were found. According to witnesses, they boarded another vehicle, a sedan, to continue thier escape.
Unofficially, the second granade injured three people, reached by fragments, a woman and two children, one of whom was taken to the 42 IMSS zone hospital, in serious condition. The Commissioner’s truck suffered a total loss and the taxi that was hit was also damaged by the fire, which was controlled by fire personnel.
The Commissioner and his bodyguards are apparently unharmed and moved to investigate the place where the aggressors’ vehicle of was abandoned. State and municipal authorities cordoned off the scene of the attack as well as where the pickup was abandoned. Elements of the public prosecutor of the common and federal jurisdiction, as well as of the eighth Naval zone and the 41 military zone arrived to assist in the aftermath. As part of the operation, elements of various corporations moved to secure strategic points in the city. http://www.elvigia.net/noticia/atacan-director-de-la-polic-de-puerto-vallarta
Tijuana Journalist Found Dead (El Vigia, 10/15/12 by AFN)
Tijuana, BC - Ramon Abel López Aguilar, 53, a photographer by profession, died this morning of a gun shot. A native of Higueras of Zaragoza, in the municipality of Ahome, Sinaloa, worked from a young age in various activities related to the sale of articles and miscellaneous products.
Between the 1980s and 1990s, as he spoke on one occasion, said he devoted himself to the sale and installation of equipment for the reception of satellite signals, "disks and dishes" as he called them, throughout Baja California and part of Sonora; and he even carried out this kind of work in Los Angeles, California, on request.
Along with some of his brothers in Tijuana, he was devoted to photography and worked in various local print media, although he lasted longest at El Sol de Tijuana. With that experience he ventured into cyber periodicals by opening his own site on the Internet, Tijuana Informative. "If others can follow me, they do not need the University to follow the news", he mentioned one occasion.
From this point, of which he was director general, Abel López provided general information, reported officers, and posted photo galleries and videos which he took and was its main content. On the last occasion that I had opportunity to see Abel López was when we went to report on Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna Millan in Mexicali on Monday, October 1st.
The body of Lopez Aguilar was found this morning in a street in el Colonia El Lago and the crime is still under investigation. Abel Lopez's colleagues asked for justice, in addition to expressing condolences to his family, and demanded an investigation of the death, which so far has transcended any personal problems.
Ramón Hurtado, general coordinator of the Tijuana Press Photographers Association, said that colleagues sympathize with the brothers of Lopez Aguilar. They repudiate what has happened and expect that the Attorney General of Justice of the State will prosecute those responsible for the murder. “They should not go unpunished for the crime to our colleague and friend Abel López", reiterated the leader. http://www.elvigia.net/noticia/hallan-sin-vida-periodista-de-tijuana