Mexico Metropolis, Mexico:
A shootout between suspected drug cartels left 18 individuals lifeless Friday in Mexico, a authorities official stated.
The gunfight occurred in a distant space of Zacatecas state within the nation’s north, stated Rocio Aguilar, a spokeswoman for the state authorities.
Drug-related violence has claimed greater than 300,000 lives in Mexico since 2006, when the federal government began deploying federal troops to battle the cartels.
“There have been 18 lifeless, and the confrontation occurred in the neighborhood of San Juan Capistrano, within the municipality of Valparaiso,” Aguilar added.
The battle was between rival gangs preventing over turf, she informed Milenio TV.
Valparaiso borders Jalisco state, a stronghold of a robust cartel known as Jalisco Nueva Generacion.
Authorities say the gang is waging a violent marketing campaign to take management of drug trafficking routes.
Three automobiles, certainly one of them burned-out, had been discovered on the scene, in addition to “a big variety of casings of various calibers,” based on the federal government’s Native Coordination Group, in command of safety in Zacatecas.
Native media have reported a collection of shootouts since Wednesday, when the our bodies of two cops had been discovered hanging from a bridge in Zacatecas.
However Aguilar stated that up to now authorities haven’t discovered a hyperlink between that grisly discover and Friday’s gun battle in Valparaiso.
Mexico’s president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, acknowledged Friday there have been safety issues within the area, however stated his administration was making progress within the battle towards crime.
“The state has the duty to ensure peace and tranquility, the safety of all residents,” Lopez Obrador stated in his regular morning convention.
He stated the federal government was “making an effort” in Zacatecas, in addition to different troubled states.
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