January 20, 2022 – 21:00
For days, different types of incidents have been recorded in the section between Orán and Aguas Blancas. Criminals intercept and attack vehicles, rob passers-by at gunpoint and collect tolls.
Security on the routes and roads of the Orán department has been violated in recent weeks by a series of robberies, assaults, clashes between bagayeros and mejicaneros (cargo thieves) and also incidents with National Gendarmerie personnel, including gunshot wounds.
For days, different types of incidents have been reported in the section between Orán and Aguas Blancas.
Neighbors and border workers assured The Tribune that criminals intercept vehicles in gangs on Route 50, make them stop and take everything they bought at the border, and then disappear into the thick of the mountain.
Other groups armedly rob bagayeros in the middle of the jungle, on farm roads, and the same mafia of aliens was also denounced for now charging a security toll, that is, you do not pay it and on the way the bagayero loses the armed mabno charge.
The situation in the north of the province is unsustainable. For several days, the insecurity that is registered on Route 50, in the section between the city of Orán and Aguas Blancas, has been denounced in the media and on social networks.
Testimonies abound and the victims number in the dozens. Private vehicles suffer many attacks near Gendarmerie post 28, an area that was liberated in recent weeks.
Groups of Mexican assailants intercept cars that circulate with entire families, assault them or charge them some kind of toll.
The way is to appear from the mount in band, they cut the route for a few minutes and deprive motorists of their belongings and money.
“True highway robbers,” said sources from the Oran department.
A video that reached this newsroom shows how several subjects try to stop the movement of a vehicle and attack it with stones, endangering its occupants.
On the other hand, media from Oran have been reporting the robbery suffered by bagayeros, even with the use of firearms. These confrontations date back several days and are recorded in different steps, in the middle of the mountain and in broad daylight.
Trucks and vans that transport merchandise also report attacks and theft, especially when they form lines at the Gendarmerie checkpoint, which seems even more incredible.
Another sign of insecurity is the repeated complaint by the passenger transport company “San Antonio”, which operates the section between Aguas Blancas and Orán, since its units are also the target of all kinds of attacks.
What was missing
Meanwhile, on Wednesday morning, members of a shopping tour that came from the city of Córdoba suffered a violent robbery. There is a person in serious condition.
A woman who identified herself as Yolanda P. denounced on Wednesday that she arrived in Oran with members of her family from the city of Córdoba, with the intention of buying merchandise that enters from Bolivia. While he was on the transfer beach, behind the Latin American Fair, in the middle of the city, they were attacked by a group of young people, who stole his belongings in a piranha style.
The woman stated that the neighbors told her that it is a gang that robs the bagayeros on the alternative roads and also does it in the area near the bus station, since they have people who do intelligence in both Aguas Blancas and in the city of Oran.
Meanwhile, neighbors and merchants also denounced that the security forces partially abandoned the task of protecting citizens and their property and that they dedicate their efforts to border businesses, which have grown exponentially in recent months.
Looting is already law
The gangs of looters are disputing the areas, since they not only loot goods in the solitude of the routes or on farm roads, but in the city itself, where family shopping tours and intercity buses arrive with people loaded with bags of merchandise.
In the case of the family of tourists from Córdoba who arrived on shopping tours, one of the members wanted to resist the dispossession and ended up in the hospital, since the looters attacked them with stones in their escape.