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13 Dead After Shootings on US-Mexico Border, Crime Groups Blamed

13 Dead After Shootings on US-Mexico Border, Crime Groups Blamed
At least 13 people have been killed in three separate gun battles in the Mexican border city of Matamoros, in what could be the first sign of a predicted upsurge in violence following the July capture of the Zetas leader Miguel Angel TreviƱo, alias “Z40.” In the first of three clashes, which all took place on November 3, two armed groups thought to be from rival criminal organizations, opened fire on each other on the main highway from Matamoros to the city of Reynosa… [InSight Crime (Bogota) / BBC, via GunPolicy.org]

Arab Spring Fallout Fuels Mediterranean Gun, Drug Smuggling Rise
LONDON – The chaotic fallout of the “Arab Spring” is fuelling a surge in the smuggling of drugs, weapons and people across the Mediterranean, and cash-strapped regional powers are struggling to respond. Last month, European leaders in Brussels turned down calls from southern European states already hard hit by the euro-zone crisis for additional support to tackle record numbers of migrants attempting to cross to the continent in frequently perilous journeys arranged by… [SwissInfo / Reuters, via GunPolicy.org]

‘Cottage Industry’ Feeds Illegal Gun Trade in Canada
Some B.C. residents are capitalizing on the illicit gun trade by making gun parts and even firearms to sell to local criminals. Cpl. Frank Grosspietsch of the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team said a “cottage industry” has sprung up in B.C. in recent years among people willing to arm gangsters and other criminals. B.C.-made noise suppressors – which muffle gunshots and are commonly and inaccurately called silencers – have been used in recent murders,… [Vancouver Sun (British Columbia), via GunPolicy.org]

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