MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – Thirteen suspected criminals were killed in an encounter with police officers in north-central Mexico, state officials said Friday.
The San Luis Potosí state secretary of security and civil protection said in a statement that the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon in a building in the city of Vaqueros in the municipality of Rayón, where police officers met during an operation with an armed group. And the exchange of fire was recorded.
In the confrontation, 10 men and three women died, who according to officials belonged to the Rayon Organized Crime Cell, whose members were located following the arrest of four men who were arrested on Thursday when they met a civil guard from Rayon. Burying the agent. Luis Potosi and a member of the family. No police officer was injured in the incident.
The state attorney general’s office said in a statement that weapons, tactical warfare equipment and vehicles were seized in the operation.
The state prosecutor, Jose Luis Ruiz, told the press that thanks to the actions taken by security forces before the confrontation, no police officers were injured, but did not give details.
On the other hand, on a rural road in the municipality of Quechultango in the southern state of Guerrero, the bodies of six people were found on Friday, the state attorney general’s office said in a statement. Two human heads were found near the bodies.
A few meters away from the bodies was found a burnt truck with several bullet holes.
Mexico faces an escalating period of violence, while President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insists on defending his government’s security strategy and assures that the right way to attack crime is with social policies.
“I am absolutely convinced that violence cannot be met with violence, that coercive measures are not enough, it is a conservative, authoritarian vision,” López Obrador said last month.