Mexico: 12 dead in exchanges of police and thugs

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The exchange of fire around a Guadalajara suburban home lasted more than an hour and a half, according to eyewitnesses. The operation allowed the two abducted men to be released, prosecutor Luis Mendes Ruiz told reporters.

Four police officers and eight gunmen, who according to the authorities were members of a gang, were killed in an exchange of fire during an operation to release abduction victims in the Mexican state of Jalisco (west), authorities announced on Thursday.

The exchange of fire around a Guadalajara suburban home lasted more than an hour and a half, according to eyewitnesses. The operation allowed the two abducted men to be released, prosecutor Luis Mendes Ruiz told reporters.

Several suspects were arrested – including three seriously injured – and weapons and ammunition were seized, Jalisco Governor Enrique Alfaro added.

Earlier this year, ten police officers were killed in the state, one of the worst-hit areas by organized crime gangs, most notably the Jalisco New Generation cartel, which authorities have blamed for a series of killings and kidnappings.

Its leader, Nemesio “El Menzo” Osegera, is one of the most wanted drug lords in the world. The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is offering a $ 10 million reward for information leading to his capture.

According to official figures, Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 murders and tens of thousands of disappearances since the so-called “war on drugs” was launched in December 2006, with the deployment of the armed forces inside the country.

Source: ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕ

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