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    (02-20) 17:12 PST ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) --

    A spate of attacks on taxis in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco has left 12 taxi drivers or passengers dead, police said Sunday, just hours before the Mexican Open tennis tournament is scheduled to start.

    Acapulco has been the scene of bloody drug cartel turf wars, and taxi drivers have often been targeted for extortion or recruited by the gangs to act as lookouts or transport drugs.

    The organizers of the largest tennis tournament in Latin America said in a statement Sunday that the Mexican government has assured them that appropriate security measures have been taken for the event that starts Monday.

    Police in Guerrero state, where Acapulco is located, said that four suspects had been detained in relation with some of the attacks. The suspects had guns, a grenade and a machete that police say may have been used to decapitate some of the victims.

    The attacks began Friday, when five taxi drivers were found dead in or near their vehicles.

    The slaughter continued Saturday, when a driver was found bound and shot to death near his taxi, and two others were found dead of bullet wounds inside their vehicles. One of the drivers had been beheaded.

    Gunmen opened fire on yet another taxi, killing the driver and three passengers.

    On Sunday, the violence came closer to the city's tourist zone, where the tennis matches are held. Five cars were set afire and a man's body was found hacked to pieces outside an apartment building.

    Dozens of cars have been set ablaze in Acapulco in recent days, for reasons that are not entirely clear.

    Tournament organizers at the Association of Tennis Professionals, in a statement sent to The Associated Press, said the group had received assurances from all levels of the Mexican government.

    "Following an independent security assessment and discussions with tournament organizers, we are satisfied that responsible measures are being taken, and that the event has the full support of the authorities of Acapulco, the state of Guerrero, and the Mexican federal government," the statement said.

    Players have received e-mails from the ATP about the situation, cautioning them about going out and suggesting they stay near their hotel. It has also been suggested they arrive as late as possible and leave once eliminated.

    Tournament organizers have played down the security concerns, pointing out that the International Olympic Committee and President Jacques Rogge held their executive board meeting in the coastal resort in October.

    Argentine player David Nalbandian said Saturday that he was thinking about withdrawing since he already has a groin injury and could use the rest before Argentina's Davis Cup match against Romania March 4-6.

    "It's a great and enjoyable tournament to play," said Nalbandian, who was beaten on Saturday by Tommy Robredo in the quarterfinals of the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires.

    "But for right now it's a little more difficult because of the security situation. We (players) are a bit scared about this and we're trying to decide what to do."

    Tournament director Raul Zurutuza later confirmed Nalbandian's withdrawal. He said the danger was being exaggerated and complained about communications from the ATP and the WTA, which will also play a Mexico tournament.

    "It is being blown out of proportion what is going on, that we are concerned about the violence," Zurutuza said. "We are. But in the context of tennis being played, I believe a great week awaits us."

    Spanish player David Ferrer, winner of the last Acapulco tournament, downplayed the danger.

    "I think things are being greatly exaggerated," Ferrer said. "We tennis players have all the guarantees" for personal safety.



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    OMG, they need to get this crap under control. This is scary stuff. I don't know who in their right mind would visit Mexico anymore. That's really sad that these guys are trying to make an honest living & they get savagely murdered by these scumbags.

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    "I think things are being greatly exaggerated," Ferrer said. "We tennis players have all the guarantees" for personal safety.
    GREAT! So the tennis players are protected. Who are you folks playing to? A stadium full of dead tourists?
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    That really was an absurd statement wasn't it

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    Here is an interesting article about the drug wars

    Hezbollah Working With Cartels

    As if the threat of deadly drug cartels in Mexico wasn't enough, some of them are joining forces with Middle East terror groups.


    This comes as Mexican authorities busted a senior Hezbollah operative who employed Mexicans nationals with family ties to Lebanon to set up the network, designed to target Israel and the West, according to multiple reports. The man's name is Jameel Nasr and he was arrested after a Mexican surveillance operation revealed that he traveled frequently to Lebanon to receive information and instructions from Hezbollah commanders and he also spent several months in Venezuela working with the terror group and Hugo Chavez's people. American security contacts say the Mexican operation was impressive and they are seeing some increased pressure on the cartels from Mexican authorities and thus...their friends.
    Meantime, over this past weekend President Calderon of Mexico sent a significant number of troops to the border regions and while they are there to help battle the cartels, they have also been sent to deal with the growing connection to Hezbollah. As one contact told me, "Mexico knows the seriousness of a cartel connection with Hezbollah and the threat to their national security."


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    Quote Originally Posted by holly View Post
    OMG, they need to get this crap under control. This is scary stuff. I don't know who in their right mind would visit Mexico anymore. That's really sad that these guys are trying to make an honest living & they get savagely murdered by these scumbags.
    We were thinking about going to Cabo. You can read all over the internet how the violence is exaggerated, but I don't know anymore. Stories like this are enough to make me change my mind.

    It's really sad for all the people who make their living through tourism. They need to do something.


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