Two Bodyguards killed in Bogota Bombing targeting former Interior Minister

A bomb targeting a hardline former interior minister killed two of his bodyguards and injured at least 31 people in Bogota’s uptown commercial district Tuesday in the type of brazen attack not seen in Colombia’s capital in years.

The former minister and morning radio host, Fernando Londono, suffered minor shrapnel wounds and was out of danger, authorities said. Video footage showed a stunned Londono, his face bruised, being led from the wreckage in a dark suit and red tie.

Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro said a pedestrian attached an explosive to a door of Londono’s armored SUV and set it off remotely. He said authorities had video of the attack.

The attacker “walked away disguised” and a wig of long black hair and a hat were found in the area, Petro told reporters.

It was the first fatal bombing in the capital in nearly a decade of an apparently political nature.

Bogota’s police chief, Gen. Luis Eduardo Martinez, blamed the country’s main leftist rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, though without offering any evidence.

President Juan Manuel Santos said immediately afterward that it was too early to assign blame.

“We don’t know who is behind this attack,” he said after meeting with police and military brass, Bogota’s mayor and the chief prosecutor. He said, however, that the FARC was behind a car bomb that was detected and deactivated elsewhere in the capital earlier Tuesday.

Santos said Londono, 68, had in the past received death threats and had a sophisticated protection scheme involving about 19 bodyguards.

An archconservative and a stringent critic of the FARC, Londono was interior and justice minister in 2002-2003 under former President Alvaro Uribe.

He hosts a daily radio show called “The Hour of Truth” and firmly opposes peace talks with the FARC, calling the rebels “terrorists” and “murderers.” He has also been critical of Santos for allegedly being soft on the rebels, who have stepped up attacks in recent month.

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Were the 49 people killed near Monterrey migrants?

As the days roll by it is looking more like the 49 killed in Cadereyta  were in fact migrants.  Additional information is slowly leaking to the public such as the facial features of the dead were those similar to Central Americans and people in the south of Mexico.

Contrary to early reports, not all victims were decapitated or dismembered, and not all were in black garbage bags, while victims were in bags others were tossed onto the highway without a bag or cover.
Milenio reports that a couple of victims bore tattoos of Santa Muerte , however that has not been confirmed, officially, it is  confirmed  a few bore tattoos.

There were persistent rumors that the dead included women and children.  Since Saturday night it is rumored that 2 of the six women were pregnant.
On Sunday morning I was sent photos that I did nothing with them as the victims were not in bags and although decapitated their limbs were for the most part intact. One of those photos is above.
Also persistent was a reported fact  there were two messages left at the scene.  In any case, cartulinas  (cards) have not been made public or its text.  Perhaps that should be the course of action, not to publicize the full message and text, thwarting the main objective of cartels in conducting these mass killings.
This Borderland Beat reporter has long retained the belief that the mass murder displays were constructed, either by majority or entirety, with innocent people unrelated to organized crime.  That position was reinforced after the Boca del Rio mass killings of 35.
One story that has been impossible to forget.  A mothers account of the last day she saw her 15 year old son, a high school student.  He raised chickens and on foot went to purchase feed.  Eye witnesses account declared that the child was placed in a municipal poilce car.  He was among the carnage in Boca del Rio.

A short time subsequent to the gruesome event, 100% of all the municipal force was fired due to corruption.  Many refused to take a polygraph and those who did failed.  This is not an isolated circumstance.  Cartels control municipalities in the cities and regions they conduct their criminal activities.

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/05/were-49-cadereyta-victims-migrants-plus.html#comment-form

Justice Secretary’s Body Guard Tortured and Killed in the Philippines

Monday, May 14, 2012

MANILA — The security aide of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima whose body was found in San Ildefonso, Bulacan, may have been tortured before he was killed.

This is based on the National Bureau of Investigation’s autopsy results on the 32-year-old Alister Quintos’s body.

De Lima earlier said Quintos, a member of the Department of Justice’s Internal Service Operations Group, died of gunshot wounds while autopsy results also showed bite marks in his body, a broken left hand and wounds made by a knife.

His body was found in Bulacan on Friday morning. But prior to the incident, de Lima said Quintos was on his way home to Antipolo City when he was dropped off in Cubao, Quezon City on Thursday night.

“When an unconfirmed report came out, some of my security tried to call his numbers, both Smart and Globe. His Smart line was unattended while it was a police who picked up the other phone line,” de Lima said.

She said she never heard Quintos, whom she described as cheerful and polite, talking about death threats.

“We’re all shocked (about his death),” she said.

The NBI was expected to give de Lima an update on the autopsy reports before lunch today, Monday. (

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49 headless bodies found between Monterrey & Reynosa

The headless torsos of 43 men and six women were found early Sunday along a highway between the U.S. border and the northern Mexican city of Monterrey, the latest in an escalating series of horrific mass killings among warring drug gangs here.

The dead were discovered just after midnight by a military patrol, according to officials in Mexico’s Nuevo Leon state. Some were in plastic garbage bags, others were scattered about in the dust, as if dropped from the back of a dump truck. All were without heads and extremities, officials said.

Scrawled on a banner left with the 49 victims was a message from the Zetas drug gang  asserting responsibility for the killings, said Jorge Domene, a spokesman for the state government. The message included threats to Mexican authorities and the Zetas’ main criminal rivals, the Gulf cartel and Sinaloa cartel kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

It was signed by the Zetas’ alleged top leaders, Miguel Ángel Treviño Morales, known as “Z-40,” and Heriberto “El Lazca” Lazcano Lazcano, Domene said.

“This was an act of total barbarity,” Domene said by phone. “It’s part of the same thing we’ve been seeing all over the country.”

 

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Newspaper Office Attacked in Nuevo Laredo

A newspaper office was attacked with small arms and hand grenades last Friday night in the Mexican border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas state, according to Mexican news and Twitter accounts.
According to a web posting Sunday morning by El Universal news daily, the offices of El Manana was attacked at around 2300 hrs Friday by armed suspects. The firing last five minutes.
No one was reported  hurt in the attack and damage was limited to the walls of the building and nearby parked cars. The armed suspects committing the attack then left a blanket painted with a message, the contents of which were not disclosed in news accounts.

http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/05/bad-guys-hit-newspaper-office-in-nuevo.html

 

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