Mexican security chief fired after massacre

2012-02-25 08:10
Mexico City - The security chief of a Mexican state where 44 prison inmates were massacred last week was fired on Friday by the state's governor.

Nuevo Leon Governor Rodrigo Medina said public safety secretary General Jaime Castaneda has been fired and replaced by General Javier del Real.

Medina also said that federal agents will help patrol around state prisons and aid with prison searches and raids whenever necessary.

Last week, 44 prisoners who belonged to the Gulf drug cartel were bludgeoned and stabbed to death by inmates from the rival Zetas cartel inside the Apodaca state prison. Authorities said the inmates were killed amid an escape by 30 members of the Zetas cartel.

Later Friday, gunmen carjacked two buses and a small car and blocked some major avenues in the city of Monterrey, capital of Nuevo Leon state. They also left several threatening messages near the blockades.

A state police investigator who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation said the message threatened a drug cartel and was signed by its rival. He wouldn't release any other details.

Fighting between the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels has brought a surge of violence and other crimes to the Monterrey region, which is Mexico's third largest. The former allies split off in 2010.

More than 2 000 people were killed in the state, across the border from Texas, last year. Most of them in Monterrey and its metropolitan area.

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