19 gunmen killed in clashes with Mexico police

Clashes killed 19 gunmen and injured five police officers in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa on Saturday.

Published: 01st July 2017 05:50 PM  |   Last Updated: 01st July 2017 05:50 PM   |  A+A-


CULIACAN: Clashes killed 19 gunmen and injured five police officers in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa, the heart of operations of some of the country's biggest drug traffickers, authorities said Saturday.

The incident occurred late Friday when a group of gunmen clashed with Mazatlan city police who were on a routine tour led by local police chief Joel Ernesto Soto. 

The confrontation began around 8:00 pm (0100 GMT) in the town of Villa Union when police repelled the gunmen's assault, Sinaloa deputy secretary of security Cristobal Castaneda said. 

The 19 men, who were riding in four vehicles, pursued their confrontation by a highway, where they were killed by municipal police.

"They faced quite a number of aggressors, but thanks to their training and professionalism, they managed to get ahead. The wounded policemen are well," Castaneda told reporters.

At the scene of the clash, four vehicles, 15 rifles and seven handguns were found.

Officials said the fighting was some of the worst in the southern part of the state in recent months, since a battle errupted over the restructuring of the powerful Sinaloa cartel following last year's capture of its leader Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman. 

The internal war over the group's leadership has led to escalating violence in Sinaloa this year, with more than 760 murders in early June, a figure not seen since 2011, according to the state security secretary. 

Violence has also increased in other states. The latest available official data indicate that May was the deadliest for Mexico since official records began in 1997, with a total of 2,186 willful homicides.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp