Extortionists reportedly set fire to Juárez kindergarten
Extortionists are suspected of setting fire to a Juárez kindergarten Monday as the wave of violence continued.
The school in colonia San Antonio was supposedly torched because school staff refused demands for payment made by extortionists recently. There were no reported injuries. Classes were canceled indefinitely.
As the drug cartel war has raged, extortionists have demanded schools, businesses, medical professionals and others pay for protection. Teachers have also been threatened to hand over their aguinaldo or annual Christmas bonus.
There were five murders by Monday evening, including the street ambush of Erika Elizabeth Silva Rivera, 31, a state police investigator. Silva had been assigned to a unit investigating sex crimes.
Officials reported 25 homicides Friday through Sunday, including a pair of deadly attacks on drug rehabilitation centers.
Four people were killed, seven people wounded and nearly 500 rounds were fired in separate attacks on a pair of drug rehab centers on Sunday night, Chihuahua authorities said Monday.