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Briefly: Marines kill 4 trying to rob drug boss’ body
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MEXICO CITY — Mexican marines have slain four gunmen who apparently were trying to steal the body of a Zetas cartel chieftain killed by the military a day before in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.
The gunmen shot at marines from a vehicle after they arrived late Friday in the city of Cordoba at the building, where authorities were keeping the bodies of Uscanga and four others who had died in a firefight with the military.
The marines shot back and killed the four armed men, said a government statement. Authorities confiscated a grenade and other weapons.
In October, Zetas cartel leader Heriberto Lazcano was shot by Mexican marines in northern Mexico, and his body was stolen from a funeral home 12 hours afterward.
It raised doubts in Mexico about whether the feared drug lord had really been killed, but officials said fingerprints and photographs taken before the theft proved he was slain.
Veracruz officials say Uscanga and the other four men had been killed in a confrontation with the military last Thursday, but the government didn’t offer many details of that gunfight other than it also happened in the city of Cordoba.
The marines there seized six rifles, a rocket and a rocket launcher.
Hundreds of marines were deployed to Veracruz in 2011 after drug violence began to rise as gangs allied to the Sinaloa Cartel began fighting the dominant Zetas, a paramilitary organized-crime group founded by ex-members of the Mexican special forces.
Men shoot 12, kill 1 at party in Monterrey
MEXICO CITY — A Mexican official said armed men stormed into a “quinceanera” party in the northern Mexico city of Monterrey and killed a man and injured 11 guests.
The Nuevo Leon state official said the gunmen arrived around midnight Saturday at the party for a girl’s 15th birthday, a traditional Latin American celebration much like a “Sweet 16.”
The gunmen were looking for a specific man, and once they found Julio Cesar Cruz inside the dance hall, they killed him, the official said.
“The friends and relatives tried to intervene and that’s why they were shot, too,” the official said. “Fortunately, the wounds were not serious.”
Eight victims have been released from the hospital, and three others are reported as being in stable condition. The official said the birthday girl was not injured in the attack.
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