Friday 1 February 2013

Army restores road access in Michoacán

Caught in the middle
The Mexican army has successfully restored access to the municipalities of Buenavista, Tepalcatepec, Aguililla, Coalcoman y Villa Victoria in the state of Michoacán after roads were blocked due to clashes between rival criminal organizations.

A strong military presence remains. On Wednesday night criminal groups used trucks and other vehicles to block roads in the area, which is deep in the state – to the east and south east of Colima. At least four routes were inaccessible as a result, with one report of a burned vehicle.

The ongoing conflict may be between the Knights Templar and Jalisco Nueva Generación cartels. It should be noted that this activity is further south and closer to the coast that the most recent conflicts, suggesting that Jalisco Nueva Generación may be driving deeper into Knights Templar territory.

(TE Wilson is the author of Mezcalero, a Detective Sánchez novel.)

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