Morelia (Mexico), Oct 27 (EFE). – Suspected drug traffickers attacked with gunfire and homemade bombs 18 power substations and five gasoline stations in the western state of Michoacan, officials said Monday.
A government source revealed Michoacan presumably attacks were perpetrated by groups of hitmen drug band self-styled as “The Knights Templar” organization that was founded in December 2010 as a spin-off of “La Familia Michoacana”.
The State Attorney’s Office reported that the attacks occurred simultaneously at early hours of Sunday, shortly after groups of “community policing” composed of civilians, tried to expel drug traffickers Apatzingán Township, its main area of operation.
Drug traffickers used assault rifles, pistols and bombs made of gasoline based damage control modules of 18 substations, owned by the state-owned Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), which supplies power to the states of central and western Mexico.
The CFE said that the affected substations are located in Morelia, capital of Michoacan, as well as in the municipalities of Buenavista, Tepalcatepec, Hawk, Apatzingán Sahuayo, La Piedad Zamora, Zacapu, Tarímbaro, Ciudad Hidalgo, Tuxpan, Zinapécuaro, Uruapan, Zitácuaro and Los Reyes.
The state company sent several mobile substations to supply the service, temporarily, to the dozens of towns and villages that are without power.
In Morelia, the suspected drug traffickers with fire bombs (craft) office modules five stations.
CFE officials and fuel stations told Efe that the police did not attend emergencies until two hours after the attacks.
Police seized 130 homemade bombs near a substation in Morelia.
Hundreds of armed men, identified as “community policing” of the municipalities of Buenavista, outspoken criticism Coalcomán and Hawk, in the region called Tierra Caliente, tried to enter Apatzingán Saturday to face with “The Knights Templar”.
Cops federal, state, municipal and soldiers intervened to prevent clashes between civilians and drug traffickers, with the collateral damage that may be suffered by inhabitants of the municipality.
The “community policing” born last February in the Tierra Caliente region, named for its temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius, before the wave of kidnappings, murders, extortion and other crimes in the area for “The Knights Templar” in western Mexico.
The band used the drug more than 270 kilometers of coastline of the state, in the Pacific Ocean, to receive shipments of cocaine and other drugs from South America.
It also has synthetic drug laboratories in forested and mountainous areas of Michoacan, authorities said. EFE