Mexican officers shoot pickup truck carrying migrants, killing 1 – .

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Mexican officers shoot pickup truck carrying migrants, killing 1 – .


The Mexican National Guard said Monday its officers opened fire when a van carrying migrants attempted to avoid an immigration checkpoint and crashed into a patrol vehicle, and the gunfire killed an migrant and injured four others.

Prosecutors for the southern state of Chiapas said in a statement that the deceased was a Cuban citizen, but did not provide his full name.

Apparently, the migrants in the truck were not among the estimated 4,000, mostly Central Americans, who seek to reach Mexico City on foot. The shooting took place on Sunday evening about 40 kilometers from where the migrants’ march was located.

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The migrants leave Ulapa, Chiapas state, late Saturday, October 30, 2021. The migrant caravan heading north into southern Mexico has so far been allowed to walk unhindered, a change from the Mexican government’s reaction to other attempts at mass migration. (AP Photo / Isabel Mateos)

A National Guard statement said the truck ignored orders to stop for an inspection near the town of Pijijiapan and attempted to crash into a patrol vehicle. He said the police opened fire because the driver of the truck was “imminently endangering their safety” by attempting to crash into their patrol vehicle.

The pickup was carrying a total of 13 migrants, most of them from Cuba, but also three from Ghana, the guard said. They and the driver were arrested. The injured migrants were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. According to prosecutors in the southern state of Chiapas, a rifle was found in the truck.

Meanwhile, migrant rights activists and aid workers traveling with the caravan estimated there could be 1,000 children in the group whose participants spent days pacing the highways in the scorching sun.

The Mexican government tried to discourage the march, saying the poor conditions put migrants’ lives at risk.

On Monday, the National Institute of Immigration said six cases of tropical dengue fever had been detected among members of the migrant march. The institute said five of the cases were minors, one of whom was taken to hospital for treatment of a severe case of dengue hemorrhagic fever. He said the adult companions of three of the other dengue cases had refused treatment.

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Much larger caravans crossed Mexico in 2018 and 2019, but these migrants never tried to cover the entire distance on foot. They usually took rides in passing trucks.

But Mexico has told truckers not to pick up migrants, saying they could face migrant smuggling charges. Migrants are also afraid of being separated from the group, for fear of being rounded up and deported.

The migrants leave Ulapa, Chiapas state, late Saturday, October 30, 2021. The migrant caravan heading north into southern Mexico has so far been allowed to walk unhindered, a change from the Mexican government’s reaction to other attempts at mass migration. (AP Photo / Isabel Mateos)

Cuban migrants seeking to cross the border to the United States often contract the services of migrant smugglers.

Deadly clashes between law enforcement and migrants remain relatively rare in Mexico, but a National Guard officer was killed by suspected immigrant traffickers in September.

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And a dozen members of an elite police force in the northern border state of Tamaulipas stand on trial for allegedly killing 14 Guatemalan migrants and five others, whose bodies were found shot and burned near the border. American at the end of January.

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