Another Sabritas’ delivery truck bombed: Responsibility claimed by Knights Templar
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Another Sabritas’ delivery truck bombed: Responsibility claimed by Knights Templar

Mexico City : Mexico | Jun 01, 2012 at 10:56 PM PDT
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Mexico police said Friday that yet another PepsiCo-owned Mexican snack company truck was burned; by the assailants working in western Mexico. The attack comes shortly after one of many drug cartels operating in the area claimed responsibility for a series of last arson attacks taking place last week.

According to the details, the truck belonging to Sabritas, a famous potato and corn chips sellers in Mexico came under attack late Thursday on a rural highway. The attackers allegedly used gasoline bombs to torch the vehicle, stated Michoacan police by adding that the attackers managed to flee the scene.

Dozens of Sabritas trucks were set on fire last week following vicious firebombing on as many as five distribution centres of the company. Earlier Thursday, the numerous banners would be seen hanging around in a Michoacan city, placed by Knights Templar, a known cult-like drug cartel. The group claimed credit for the said arson attacks and subsequent damages thereof. Why the group targeted Sabritas, because the drug gang believed the company allowed law enforcement agents using its vehicles; for transportation as well as surveillance.

The banners conveyed a clear message that suggested they were “affected” by those companies’ policy to help transport people throughout the city; to carry out operations against their brotherhood. Meanwhile, the cartel is engaged in kidnappings, killings as well as trafficking methamphetamine etc. At times, the cartel likes casting itself as a pesudo-religious “brotherhood.”

The banners further conveyed a warning to all companies helping government intelligence agent(s) pass off while posing as sales agents. All such companies or people carrying out such activities will be ‘punished, for these ‘offenses,’ read the banners.

PepsiCo’s Mexico office had a press statement last week, conveying the allegations were baseless and that the company vehicles and facilities simply and exclusively carry their products to customer and clients.

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Federal police show false press credentials used by alleged drug traffickers during a presentation to the media in Mexico City
Federal police show false press credentials used by alleged drug traffickers during a presentation to the media in Mexico City
NadeemIftekhar is based in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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