Contributed by: Don WinnerPanama's National Police reported today they are performing a Special Operation in the Caribbean town of Nombre de Dios, where last Friday two police officers were killed by suspected drug traffickers.
According to a police spokesman in Nombre de Dios, a small coastal town in the province of Colon, "there are operations" to attempt to capture a gang that ambushed and killed the two police officers, assigned to the Anti Drug Tactical Operations Unit of the National Police.
The deceased were identified as Corporal Alfredo López and Agent Luis Lee.
La Critica reported today police officers are searching the homes of Nombre de Dios, and they suspect the band is composed of Colombians and Panamanians, who attacked the two police officers on a beach where they were guarding a boat used by the National Police.
The report adds that the residents of the village have complained that the police officers have sprayed pepper spray at them when they enter their houses to conduct the search.
The National Police said there is no restriction on the movement in Nombre de Dios, explaining that the controls they have imposed are in response to the investigation of a double murder, and an operation to search for and capture those responsible. (Critica)
Editor's Comment: Normally the drug traffickers simply drop their weapons and run away into the bush when they are confronted by the National Police. It is highly unusual for any drug traffickers to ambush and kill police officers in Panama. Very unusual. The Panamanian SOF guys are pretty salty. They've got good trackers. I suspect they will round these guys up before too long. In the meantime, avoid this area.