News From the Border

Providing the news from a different front but from a war that we must win as well! I recognize the poverty and desperate conditions that many Latinos live in. We, as the USA, have a responsibility to do as much as we can to reach out to aid and assist spiritually with the Gospel and naturally with training, technology and resources. But poverty gives no one the right to break the laws of another sovereign nation.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Troops wage 5-hour gunbattle with Tijuana kidnap-ring suspects

By Sandra Dibble

UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

9:46 p.m. March 3, 2008

TIJUANA – A gunbattle between federal troops and members of a suspected kidnapping ring sent residents of a well-to-do neighborhood diving for cover late Sunday and early Monday for more than five hours.

One person died inside a house, where soldiers found an arsenal that included rifles, shotguns, handguns and ammunition and bulletproof vests, ski masks and uniforms with the insignia of various Mexican police agencies. They also found a blue jacket labeled “ICE,” the acronym for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The shooting started when the suspects, barricaded inside the house, began shooting at a group of soldiers patrolling the area, army Col. Sergio Lopez said in a statement Monday evening.

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