Drug Gangs Slaughter 13 Mexican Cops
Gealena – Drug Gangs Slaughter 13 Mexican Cops. The armed group killed at least 13 Mexican policemen in an ambush outside the capital on Thursday in one of the worst mass slaughter of security forces that rocked the country in recent years, local authorities said.
Photos of the grisly scene circulating on social media showed bullet-ridden police cars and unmarked trucks, along with bodies of officers strewn along the road or still in cars.
The convoy of security personnel was attacked in broad daylight by suspected gang members in the Llano Grande area of the municipality of Coatepec Harinas while they were patrolling the area, said Rodrigo Martinez-Celis, Mexican State security minister.
Eight of the officers killed were state police officers, while the other five were policemen assigned to the prosecutor’s office.
The area is southwest of Mexico City and about 64 km south of the city of Toluca, the capital of the densely populated State of Mexico, which surrounds most of the capital.
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“This attack is an insult to the Mexican state. We will respond with all force and legal support,” the minister said in a speech to the media.
The Mexican National Guard gives military powers to the police and the armed forces are looking for the perpetrators by land and air.
It is unclear how many suspected criminals were killed or injured in the incident, or whether it involved one of the country’s main drug cartels.