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Villa Ahumada (officially Miguel Ahumada) is a town and seat of the municipality of Ahumada in the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico with 8,753 inhabitants (2005). It is located along Highway 45, about 130 km south of Ciudad Juárez and 247 km north of the city of Chihuahua.
The city has several roadside restaurants and burrito stands and is known for its good cheese.
Villa Ahumada entered the international news in 2008 when it was terrorized for several hours by an out of town gang. This was presumably part of the wave of drug-smuggling related violence in Mexico that resulted in about 4,000 deaths between early 2007 and mid-2008. At the night of May 19, 2008, dozens of men drove through town, firing assault rifles and killing the police chief, two police officers and three civilians, and abducting at least 10 people. The remaining policemen then left, and the state and federal governments sent troops to restore order. Officials did not offer a theory about the perpetrators. According to local rumors, the town's drug dealers had been aligned with police and were linked to the Juárez Cartel. After a local drug boss was killed and another arrested, a rival gang was possibly trying to take over the drug trade along the route from Ciudad Juárez to the state of Sinaloa. A similar attack occurred on February 10, 2009, in which 9 people were apparently kidnapped and driven to a ranch near El Vergel. The Mexican military pursued the assailants and 21 people were killed in the shootout.
A number of small mining districts are located in the hills around Villa Ahumada, and the area is noted for its crystal specimens of wulfenite and other minerals.
- Drug Massacre Leaves a Mexican Town Terrorized, The New York Times, May 31, 2008
- Geologic Reconnaissance of the Sierra Del Kilo, Villa Ahumada, Chihuahua, Mexico; J. Alfredo Cervantes R.;Colorado State University, 1983 - 220 pages