Two Children Killed in Mexican Drug Violence
The war on drugs continues in Mexico and as long as the violence rages only between the cartel members, citizens try to turn a blind eye. When children wind up in the crossfire, however, the rules have to change.
According to a recent Google News piece a shootout in Northern Mexico involved soldiers and suspected drug cartel gunmen. Two children were killed when they and five of their relatives were caught in the crossfire.
The two children were 5- and 8-year-old brothers who had been traveling in their family’s car when the gun battle broke out on a highway near the border city of Nuevo Laredo. Two suspected gunmen were also killed, while five of the brothers’ relatives were wounded.
"We ran and tried to hide in the brush, but they kept shooting," said Maria Guadalupe Delgado Castillo in the Google News. Castillo is an aunt of the dead children.
According to state government officials, 11 family members were in the car, in an all terrain vehicle, similar to the ones in a convoy of drug cartel suspects. The statement did not include information as to which side of the battle fired the bullets that struck the family’s car.
Innocent people continue to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time as Mexico continues to be full of drug violence. This most recent shooting is the second time in less than a month that bystanders were killed in battles waging between soldiers and drug gangs.
According to Mexican authorities, a split between the Gulf cartel and its former ally, the Zetas gang, is fueling the violence in the region, putting an increasing number of individuals at risk.