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Bus Attacks Foster Fear in Mexico City

Last Sunday just before 9 p.m., three men armed with pistols commandeered a public bus and robbed each of the 20 passengers, stripping off their watches and jewelry. For three hours, the criminals drove the bus around the city, methodically stopping at three banks to use passengers’ ATM cards and raping two women before they fled, police said. It was the second nighttime bus hijacking in two days and residents in the capital worried that the incidents could represent the reemergence of the so-called Masking Tape Gang. “It makes me want to leave the city,” said Teresa Martinez, 49, a saleswoman, as she was riding a bus here today. “I feel so unsafe.” “Even though I am scared, I have to take the bus because there is no other way to get around,” said Maria Eugenia Benitez, 30, who works at a children’s foundation. Benitez rides bus Route 1 in the southern district of this city, the same route on which four rapes have occurred in the past week. Full Story

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