on Monday, armed men forced their way into a prison in the northern city of Torreon, and killed three inmates.
The dead men were being held for kidnapping and murder, and were transferred to the prison less than two hours before the incident.
The gunmen also released nine other inmates from the prison before they escaped.
Breaking into a prison for an assassination ... Good God! That takes some stones.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of Cancun, the Caribbean resort town, brought in a retired Army general as a security consultant who was promptly abducted, tortured and killed. And who's the prime suspect? Why, the local municipal police chief!
I'm not one who buys into the idea that the Mexican state is on the verge of collapse, but neither do I think for a second that current strategies, or for that matter, the Merida initiative, will be sufficient to curb the growing tide of violence in that country.
I'm hopeful the cartels themselves will reach a truce of their own accord, because neither the Mexican nor US governments appear capable of even denting the problem.