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Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Carlos Alberto Guajardo Romero

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2011
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Carlos Alberto Guajardo Romero, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d6b1c.html [accessed 18 December 2014]
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Expreso Matamoros
November 5, 2010, in Matamoros, Mexico

Guajardo, 37, was killed during crossfire between military forces and drug traffickers in the border city of Matamoros, news reports said. Gulf cartel leader Antonio Ezequiel Cárdenas Guillén was among those killed in the confrontation.

A crime reporter with the local daily Expreso Matamoros, Guajardo left home around 11 a.m. to cover the confrontation in the Fraccionamiento Victoria neighborhood, news reports said. His pickup was reportedly shot at least 20 times as he was heading for the Secretariat of Homeland Security to gather more information. National news outlets said army officers had fired at the journalist's unmarked truck because they mistook him for one of the gunmen involved in the shooting.

The military had waged a major operation targeting Cárdenas Guillén. The army deployed 150 soldiers, three helicopters, and 17 vehicles, according to a government statement. Three soldiers and four other gang members were killed, the government said.

Medium:Print
Job:Print Reporter
Beats Covered:Crime
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire:Military Officials
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