19 gun­men killed

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

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 yes­ter­day. 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 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.

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