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JUST IN: 13 Mexican Police Officers Ambushed And Killed By New Cartel

Dean James at Right Wing Tribune

At least 13 Mexican police officers were killed in an ambush in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, according to authorities.

Forty-two police officers responded to enforce a judicial order in the township of Aguililla when they were confronted by 30 gunmen suspected to be from Jalisco New Generation, one of the most dangerous cartel groups in Mexico, the Washington Post reports.

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The gunmen reportedly opened fire on the officers with .50 caliber sniper rifles, AR-15s and AK-47s. At least 13 officers were shot dead in the firefight and nine others were reportedly wounded, The Daily Caller News Foundation reports.

“An attack on police in the Mexican state of Michoacan, one of the country’s most violent, has left at least 13 officers dead,” DW News tweeted.

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Photos of the crime scene were published on social media on Monday, showing burning vehicles pierced by bullets.

They also showed the bodies of slain officers, who had gone to a home in the town of El Aguaje in Aguililla municipality to carry out a judicial order when “several armed civilians fired on them,” Michoacan’s state security department said in a statement.

The images also showed large placards reading “CJNG” left on police vehicles. The acronym belongs to the Jalisco New Generation cartel, which has been responsible for the deadly violence in Michoacan linked to turf wars with enemy gangs.

The gunmen arrived in several vehicles, some of which were apparently armored, according to the Post.

“No attack on the police will go unpunished, and this was a cowardly, devious attack because they laid an ambush in this area of the road,” governor of Michoacan, Silvano Aureoles, said, the Post reports.

Mexican news media posted photographs of the aftermath of the confrontation, depicting vehicles that were set afire in the middle of the highway after the gun fight. Media outlets reportedly also published messages signed by Jalisco New Generation, the authenticity of which is presently under investigation by Mexican authorities, the Post reports.

Following the attack, Mexican authorities reinforced the region surrounding the scene of the firefight with federal and state security, establishing checkpoints to hunt down the at-large gunmen.

Besides avocado orchards, Michoacan for decades has been known for marijuana plantations and the making of methamphetamine. It is home to the port of Lazaro Cárdenas, a key entry point for precursor chemicals used to make synthetic drugs.

Absolutely terrible.

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