Drug gang hires hitwomen to surprise enemies

August 18, 2010 12:00 am

, MEXICO CITY, Aug 18 – A Mexican drug gang is hiring pretty young women to carry out killings to surprise its enemies, a suspected member of the vicious La Linea gang said in a video released on Tuesday.

Around 30 women aged between 18 and 30 years have learned in recent months to carry out killings accompanied by hitmen, and most have killed people, suspect Rogelio Amaya said during a interrogation by federal police. The video of the interrogation was made public on Tuesday.

"They\’re pretty, good-looking, to help mislead opponents," said Amaya, the suspected member of a gang of enforcers for the Juarez cartel in the country\’s most violent city of Ciudad Juarez.

The women operate in the same way as men and carry both light and heavy weapons, the suspect said.

The gang was divided into "specialities," including lookouts, killers and extortionists, and a specific person was responsible for hiring the women, he said.

"No one has the right to do someone else\’s work," he added.

The revelations came as Mexico\’s drug battles leave a trail of blood and fear across the country, particularly in Ciudad Juarez.

More than 2,660 suspected drug murders were reported in the city across from El Paso, Texas, in 2009 and some 1,860 have been reported this year already.

Most are blamed on turf wars between the Juarez and Sinaloa gangs over key trafficking routes into the United States.

At least 18 suspected drug-related deaths were reported between Monday and Tuesday in Ciudad Juarez.

More than 28,000 people have died in suspected drug violence since the end of 2006, when President Felipe Calderon launched a controversial military crackdown on organized crime.



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