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Power distribution stations attacked in Michoacán
MORELIA.- Subestaciones de la Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) fueron atacadas la madrugada del sábado en al menos 10 municipios de la entidad incluyendo Morelia, por un grupo de hombres armados que arrojaron bombas molotov, lo que provocó apagones en varias zonas.

La Procuraduría General de Justicia en el estado confirmó que fueron reportadas decenas de denuncias por fallas eléctricas en los municipios de Apatzingán, Morelia, Zamora, La Piedad, Ciudad Hidalgo, Uruapan, Sahuayo, Tarímbaro, Zinapécuaro, Queréndaro y Tarimbaro, entre otros.

Además, fuentes de Seguridad Pública estatal confirmaron que las alertas ciudadanas señalaron que los apagones iban acompañados de disparos hechos por desconocidos que circulaban en las calles a bordo de camionetas y portando armas de fuego.

A la par de los ataques a las subestaciones de la CFE, se reportaron dos incendios intencionales gasolineras de los municipios de Apatzingán y Tarímbaro.

MORELIA.- Power distribution sub-stations of the Federal Electricity Commision were attacked early Saturday morning in at least 10 municipalities in the state, including Morelia, but a group of armed men who threw Molotov cocktails, which caused power outages in several areas.

The State Attorney General confirmed that they received dozens of reports of electicity outages in the municipalities of Apatzingán, Morelia, Zamora, La Piedad, Ciudad Hidalgo, Uruapan, Sahuayo, Tarímbaro, Zinapécuaro, Queréndaro and Tarimbaro, among others.

In addition, state public safety sources confirmed that the citizens alerts indicated that the power outages were accompanied by gunfire from unknown person who were travelling the streets in SUV's carrying firearms.

Along with the attacks on the sub-stations of the CFE, there were reports of intentional fires set at gas stations in the municipalities of Apatzingán y Tarímbaro.

[Fulano's comment: Say, isn't this how the last Mexican Revolution started?]
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If they were Yukon's ... might have a guess

Appear it is going to the next level .... over the "turf"
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Vigilantes kill 5 suspected drug traffickers in Mexico

Morelia, Mexico, Oct 28 (EFE).- Five suspected members of the Los Caballeros Templarios drug cartel were gunned down over the weekend by vigilantes in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, prosecutors said.

The cartel gunmen were killed in a shootout around noon Sunday with armed civilians in the city of Aguililla.

Aguililla is near Apatzingan, the main area of operations of the Caballeros Templarios.

The shootout occurred hours after suspected drug traffickers opened fire and threw homemade bombs at 18 electric substations and five service stations in Michoacan.

The attacks were apparently staged by gunmen on the payroll of the Caballeros Templarios, a gang that broke off from the Familia Michoacana criminal organization in December 2010, a Michoacan government official said.

The attacks were carried out nearly simultaneously early Sunday shortly after members of community self-defense groups tried to expel the drug traffickers from Apatzingan, the Michoacan Attorney General's Office said.

The cartel gunmen used assault rifles, pistols and homemade bombs to attack the electric substations belonging to the Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, which provides power to states in central and western Mexico.

The Caballeros Templarios cartel operates in Michoacan and the Tierra Caliente region, which straddles Michoacan, Guerrero and Mexico states.

The cartel deals in both synthetic drugs and natural drugs, and it commits murders, stages kidnappings and runs extortion rackets that target business owners and transport companies, affecting everyday life.

Michoacan's forests and mountains are used by drug traffickers to grow marijuana and produce synthetic drugs.
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.
Mexico on high alert after attacks on state energy firms

Mexico has stepped up security in a troubled western region after a string of attacks on electricity installations over the weekend that temporarily knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of people.

Energy Minister Pedro Joaquin Coldwell told reporters security forces had increased their presence at facilities of the state-run electricity company the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and oil monopoly Pemex in the violent state of Michoacan.

An unspecified number of substations were attacked and damaged early on Sunday, and six gas stations were also damaged, Michoacan's interior minister, Jaime Mares, told Mexican radio on Monday.

Local media said blackouts affected more than 400,000 people across the mountainous state of some 4.4 million. Parts of Michoacan have fallen under the control of criminal gangs who are fighting among themselves and against authorities.

Mares declined to say who may have been behind the attacks in Michoacan, where clashes between the powerful Knights Templar drug cartel and rival gangs have sparked much violence.

Raul Benitez, a security expert at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), said he believed the strikes had been carried out by the Knights Templar in retaliation for government efforts to crack down on the gang.

"It's a decision to carry out general terrorism," Benitez said. "And this will now lead to a very strong response by the government, backed by the population."

Petrol bombs were used in some of the attacks, which involved at least 19 CFE installations, local media said.

Mares said there were no deaths in the attacks, although local media reported that five suspected cartel henchmen were gunned down by vigilantes in the town of Aguililla near the city of Apatzingan, a stronghold of the Knights Templar.

Michoacan has been rocked by repeated explosions of civil unrest this year, and protesters have repeatedly blocked major streets and highways in the capital and other cities.

Compounding matters, vigilante groups have sprung up in the region this year which complain that state and federal police are not protecting them from the gangs.

President Enrique Pena Nieto in May sent a general to take over all police and military operations in the state.

Michoacan was where former President Felipe Calderon launched his military-led crackdown on drug cartels shortly after taking office at the end of 2006.

Though he succeeded in capturing or killing many capos, Calderon could not contain the violence between the gangs, which has since claimed about 80,000 lives.
Más vale pocos pelos, pero bien peinados.
I live about two miles from the CFE Oil storage tanks (oil offloaded from ships to shore to generate electricity). I had heard the area behind CFE was not to be developed for retail for fear of an explosion. Even so- that's where they built the Home Depot.
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about the only thing lacking ..... Knights Templar

Dennis put this up for a few seconds on the "board" ... then it disappeared

Not in OT ... go figure ... Oh, that's correct ... it isn't about Baja ... technically
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