Mexico: thirteen dead in a shooting between police and members of a cartel

Near Guadalajara, police went to a house where suspicious activity had been reported to them. Welcomed by shots, they managed to rescue two hostages but lost four of their own.

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On June 23 in the Mexican state of Jalisco (in the west of the country), four police officers and nine supposed members of a gang, including a woman, died during an operation to rescue kidnapped people, announced the authorities on Thursday.

The exchange of fire around a house in the suburbs of Guadalajara, which lasted more than an hour according to witnesses, allowed the release of two men who were retained hostage inside the building, A declared the prosecutor Luis Mendez Ruiz to journalists.

The police responded to an emergency call warning them that armed men had brought out people gagged from a van. The agents who went on the spot were welcomed by a woman who said it was a false report, after which the patrol car suffered shots.

Eight people were arrested, including three seriously injured during the shooting, and weapons as well as ammunition was seized, said the governor of Jalisco, Enrique Alfaro.

Jalisco, one Most violent states of Mexico

Ten police officers have been killed since the beginning of the year in the State of Jalisco, one of the most violent in Mexico due to the presence of criminal bands, in particular the powerful Cartel Jalisco Nouvelle generation, that the authorities make responsible for many homicides and disappearances.

His chef, Nemesio “El Mencho” Dareguera, is one of the most wanted drug barons in the world, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA, US anti-drug agency) offering $ 10 million for its arrest.

Mexico has recorded more than 340,000 assassinations and tens of thousands of missing since the launch in December 2006 of a military offensive against organized crime.

/Media reports.