MEXICO CITY (AP) — A Mexican military patrol was surrounded and attacked within the city of Altar, Mexico’s president mentioned Monday, on the identical day a household of seven have been killed on the nation’s Gulf coast.
Altar, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Sasabe, Arizona, has lengthy been often known as a staging floor for immigrant smuggling and is reportedly managed by a faction of the Sinaloa cartel.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador mentioned that on Sunday troopers had detained three prison suspects, however have been rapidly surrounded by 10 or 15 pickups and 60 gunmen.
The assailants outnumbered the troopers 10 to at least one, López Obrador mentioned.
He mentioned the assailants provided troopers $500,000 to free one of many detained suspects, and when troopers refused, a gunfight broke out and one soldier was killed.
Movies posted by Altar residents on social media confirmed a raging gunbattle, apparently together with the sounds of automated weapon fireplace.
Sonora Gov. Alfonso Durazo wrote in his social media accounts that 4 suspects had been detained for weapons possession.
Additionally Sunday, prosecutors within the Gulf coast state of Veracruz mentioned three girls, three males and an underage boy have been killed at a house in Boca del Rio, subsequent to the state capital. Native media reported they have been all members of the identical household.
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