Five taxi drivers killed in Mexican city

February 22nd, 2012 - 12:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Monterrey (Mexico), Feb 22 (IANS/EFE) Gunmen shot dead five taxi drivers Tuesday in the streets of the northern Mexican industrial city of Monterrey, authorities said.”The attack happened at around 10 a.m. in the Solidaridad neighbourhood” in the northern part of Monterrey, a council spokesman told EFE.

Several men aboard an SUV opened fire on a taxi stand at a busy shopping center.

The gunmen managed to get away, leaving the streets covered with bodies.

The shootings occurred just hours after three suspected Gulf cartel members - two men and a woman - were murdered at Monterrey’s Topo Chico prison by two killers from the rival Zetas drug cartel.

On Sunday, Zetas gunmen massacred 44 Gulf cartel members imprisoned at the penitentiary in Apodaca, a city in the Monterrey metropolitan area, while 30 Zetas members escaped with the assistance of several guards.

Monterrey and its suburbs have been battered by a wave of drug-related violence that has left about 2,500 people dead since March 2010.

–IANS/EFE
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