Gunmen kill 8 in Mexican border restaurant

Mexico

Gunmen kill 8 in restaurant IN BORDER CITY

Police say at least 12 masked gunmen opened fire inside a restaurant in the northern border city of Ciudad Juarez, killing eight. A spokesman for the Chihuahua state prosecutor's office, Alejandro Pariente, said the gunmen arrived at the seafood restaurant Friday evening in three cars, approached a group of people and opened fire. Pariente said no arrests had been made. The attack came days after police found the bodies of seven men who were killed in a school soccer field in an upscale neighborhood of Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. The homicides were the latest of hundreds of killings in the city, where drug violence has taken a heavy toll during Mexico's nationwide crackdown on drug cartels that supply U.S. consumers.

Afghanistan

Taliban leader is killed, officials say

U.S.-led coalition troops killed a Taliban commander dressed as a women during a raid in southern Afghanistan, officials said Saturday. Soldiers killed four Taliban fighters in Friday's operation, including the Taliban commander named Haji Yakub who was dressed as a woman to evade capture, the U.S. military said in a statement. Yakub directed roadside bomb and suicide attacks against Afghanistan's government and coalition forces in Ghazni province, according to the statement. Separately, the military said Afghan and coalition forces killed 33 militants when their patrol came under attack in southern Helmand province. The troops responded to the attack with small-arms fire and air support, it said.

Venezuela

Naval exercises to start Monday

Venezuela's state-run Bolivarian News Agency said Saturday that three days of joint naval exercises with Russia will kick off in Venezuelan waters on Monday. The agency said the operation, involving 11 Venezuelan and four Russian ships, will include antiaircraft defense and tactics to combat terrorism and drug trafficking. The Russian deployment is widely seen as a demonstration of Kremlin anger over aid delivered by U.S. warships to Georgia after its fighting with Russia. Russian officials deny that.

Elsewhere

Brazil: Rescue workers have pulled nine more bodies from beneath mud and rubble in Brazil's flood-ravaged southern state of Santa Catarina, bringing the death toll to 109, the state civil defense department said Saturday.

Iran: Iran's Revolutionary Court has convicted three men of involvement in a bombing inside a packed mosque that killed 14 people in April and sentenced them to be hanged publicly near the scene of the attack.

Times wires

Gunmen kill 8 in Mexican border restaurant 11/29/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:40am]

    

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