One National Police Officer and Seven Criminals Killed in Mexico Gunbattle
A clash between elements of the National Guard and armed civilians in Irapuato, Guanajuato, left at least eight dead.
The incident occurred in the early hours of the morning, on the Irapuato-Abasolo highway in the community of El Venado de Yostiro.
Officers of the National Guard were conducting surveillance when they were attacked by gunmen from inside a house.
The National Guard reported in its social networks that the gun battle resulted in seven attackers and one National Guard officer killed.
One other gunman was injured and is receiving medical attention.
The governor of Guanajuato, Diego Sinhue Rodriguez, said this confrontation happened during a rescue operation of two people in Irapuato.
According to preliminary reports, four small arms and seven long arms were found in the house, as well as seven tactical vests, ammunition, drugs and three vehicles.
Violence has escalated in Guanajuato. In Irapuato, 23 inmates of an annex were kidnapped, 10 of whom are still missing. Two drug traffickers were found and three municipal police officers were murdered.
In Villagrán, last Wednesday night, criminal commandos attacked the Public Security Directorate, killing three policemen.
Last Friday morning, the dismembered bodies of the four policemen from Villagrán were found.
Given the increase in violence – linked to the struggle between the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel, according to the authorities – State Governor Diego Sinhue Rodriguez reported that 1,100 National Guard officers will participate in operations in the municipalities of Irapuato, Salamanca, Celaya, Juventino Rosas, Villagran, Cortazar, Apaseo el Alto and Apaseo el Grande.
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