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Gunmen Attack Police Station in Northern Mexico

TIJUANA, MEXICO -- Gunmen attacked a police station in the northern Mexican city of Ensenada near where the drug-cartel assassin who dissolved the bodies of 300 of his victims in acid was captured.

The gunmen opened fire on the police station from three vehicles before dawn on Monday, but no one was injured, the Baja California state Attorney General's Office said.

The police station is not far from the Ensenada resort where Santiago Meza, whose confession to killing 300 people and dissolving their bodies in acid has rocked Mexican society, was captured last Thursday.

Investigators have not officially linked the attack to the arrest of Meza, a hired killer who worked for the Arellano Felix drug cartel, which is based in this city near San Diego, California.

The AG's office said two of the vehicles believed to have been used in the attack were found Monday several kilometers from the police station with several weapons inside.

Some police officers assigned to the station told reporters they were expecting an attack because they had received death threats all day on Sunday.

One of the gunmen may have been hit by gunfire, the officers said, adding that they saw one of the men fall and be quickly helped into a vehicle by his comrades.

The officers took up positions on the station's roof and around the building to repel the attack.

The Arellano Felix brothers' Tijuana cartel mainly operates in Baja California and is considered one of the most powerful crime groups in Mexico despite suffering several serious blows last year.

Last year, more than 5,600 people died in drug-related violence in Mexico, with 689 people being murdered in Baja California, the majority of them in Tijuana.

Meza said he would fill a barrel with 200 liters (53 gallons) of boiling water and two sacks of caustic soda, a highly corrosive substance, and then immerse the bodies for about eight hours.

The only thing left was a fluid containing the victim's teeth and nails that Meza poured into a plastic barrel and dumped in a vacant lot or trash dump before setting it on fire.

Meza, a native of neighboring Sinaloa state, was on the FBI's list of 20 most-wanted drug traffickers. EFE


 

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