Closely armed troopers drive into the realm the place greater than a dozen regulation enforcement officers had been killed after their convoy was ambushed by suspected drug traffickers, prompting a large manhunt by the police, troopers, Marines and the Nationwide Guard in Coatepec Harinas, Mexico state, Thursday, March 18, 2021.
MEXICO CITY — Gunmen apparently from a drug gang ambushed a police convoy Thursday in central Mexico. killing eight state police officers and 5 prosecution investigators in a hail of gunfire, authorities stated.
The bloodbath of the 13 regulation enforcement officers within the State of Mexico was the nation’s single greatest slaying of regulation enforcement since October 2019, when cartel gunmen ambushed and killed 14 state police officers within the neighboring state of Michoacan.
The Thursday ambush sparked an enormous seek for the killers in a rural, gang-plagued space southwest of Mexico Metropolis, which is surrounded on three sides by Mexico State. The useless regulation enforcement officers labored for the state.
Whereas Mexico State comprises suburbs of the capital, it additionally consists of lawless mountain and scrub lands just like the one the place the assault occurred.
Rodrigo Martínez Celis, the pinnacle of the state Public Security Division, stated troopers, marines and Nationwide Guard troops had been combing the realm by land and from the air in search of the killers.
“The convoy was finishing up patrols within the area, exactly to combat the prison teams that function within the space,” Martínez Celis stated. “This aggression is an assault on the Mexican authorities.
“We’ll reply with all drive,” he added.
There was no quick indication as to what gang or cartel the gunmen may need belonged to. A number of function within the space round Coatepec Harinas, the place the assault occurred.
The city is near a sizzling springs resort often called Ixtapan de la Sal, which is common amongst Mexico Metropolis residents as a weekend getaway. However it additionally comparatively near cities like Taxco, the place authorities have reported actions by the Guerreros Unidos gang apparently allied with the Jalisco cartel and by the Arcelia gang, dominated by the Familia Michoacán crime group.
The assault seems to current a problem for President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who has pursued a method of circuitously confronting drug cartels in an effort to keep away from violence.