- - Monday, March 19, 2012


ACAPULCO — Authorities said gunmen ambushed and killed 12 police officers who were searching for the bodies of 10 people whose heads were found in southern Guerrero state.

Guerrero state police spokesman Arturo Martinez said the state and local officers were ambushed Sunday night in the town of Teloloapan. Another 11 officers were wounded.

Mr. Martinez said Monday the officers were searching for the bodies of seven men and three women whose severed heads were dumped outside a slaughterhouse earlier Sunday when they were attacked.

The heads were left with a message threatening the La Familia drug cartel.

Teloloapan is in a mountainous zone known as Tierra Caliente that is plagued by drug violence.


Elephants flee fire on Mount Kenya

NAIROBI — A fire on the slopes of Kenya’s tallest mountain is sending big game animals such as elephants fleeing for their lives, as wildlife agents and British troops are fighting to put it out, officials said Monday.

The flames already have consumed hundreds of acres of forest on Mount Kenya, said Paul Udoto, a spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service. The fire has covered the spiky mountain in a haze of smoke.

Tourists staying in mountain lodges are safe, Mr. Udoto said, but elephants are among the many animals fleeing.

“The elephants fled the area but they are still within the protected areas of the mountain,” Mr. Udoto said.

Firefighters said they haven’t come across any animal hurt or killed by the fire.

Photos of the fire show small bursts of flame and thick white smoke hanging over the mountain’s lower elevations. Mount Kenya is the second-highest peak in Africa, at 17,057 feet.


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