How the U.S. Triggered a Massacre in Mexico

6/12/2017 ProPublica

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Photo credit: Mark Smith, special to ProPublica

The inside story of a cartel’s deadly assault on a Mexican town near the Texas border — and the U.S. drug operation that sparked it.

We have testimony from people who say they participated in the crime. They described some 50 trucks arriving in Allende, carrying people connected to the cartel. They broke into houses, they looted them and burned them. Afterward, they kidnapped the people who lived in those houses and took them to a ranch just outside of Allende.

First they killed them. They put them inside a storage shed filled with hay. They doused them with fuel and lit them on fire, feeding the flames for hours and hours.

– José Juan Morales, Investigative Director for the disappeared in the Coahuila State Prosecutor’s Office

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