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Armed Forces Enter Tijuana

EFE-La Opinin, Posted: Nov 19, 2008

TIJUANA, Mexico -- Soldiers of the Army, Navy, state and federal police have taken control of law and order in the streets of eastern Tijuana, according an EFE report in La Opinin. The measure, announced by Tijuana Mayor Jorge Ramos, will last one month and is part of a new security plan agreed to by the federal, state and city government to combat the city's escalating crime wave and train some 2,000 existing city police forces. Ramos denied that the measure was a militarization of the city." The eastern sector of Tijuana is controlled by one of the most violent groups of the Arellano Flix brothers criminal cartel, led by Eduardo Garcia Simental. On Monday local authorities reported the deaths of at least 14 people in 24 hours in various violent incidents attributed to organized crime. So far this year, nearly 650 people have been killed in Tijuana in cases related to cartels, while the number of killings in the entire country exceeds 4500, according to unofficial data reported by the Mexican press.

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