El Financiero (Mexico City) 6/20/10
Mysterious armed attacks against illegal in southern Arizona
Phoenix – Undocumented immigrants and presumed drug traffickers are being attacked by gunfire from unknown assailants in the desert areas of southern Arizona. A series of incidents have the authorities bewildered. The Sheriff’s Department of Santa Cruz County, along the border with Mexico, has reported more than 50 attacks since April, 2008, to date. In these events, some 12 immigrants have received bullet wounds and at least three have died. To the north, in Pinal County, another series of armed incidents have been reported, presumably between undocumenteds or narcotraffickers. Last June 11, two Mexicans, presumed to have been carrying drugs on their backs, were killed by gunfire in an area of Pinal County, some 80 miles from the border. Farther south the same day, a group of five undocumenteds were ambushed by two men dressed in camouflage clothing near the community of Rio Rico, between Nogales and Tucson. The attacks remain a mystery.