Gun Battle in Mexico: More Than 40 DeadPosted: May 22, 2015
The violence unfolded in the morning near the town of Tanhuato, along Michoacan’s border with the state of Jalisco
Joshua Partlow reports: A shootout between members of a powerful drug cartel and Mexican security forces in the western state of Michoacan left at least 40 people dead Friday, according to Mexican officials.
“The people must be scared. But what are we going to do? Everybody knows there were killings, but the people just say, ‘God help us,’ ”
The violence unfolded in the morning near the town of Tanhuato, along Michoacan’s border with the state of Jalisco, a troubled region where two drug cartels have waged a long-running battle and where attacks against Mexican authorities have recently spiked.
Mexican authorities offered few details Friday afternoon about the killings, which involved the New Generation cartel of Jalisco and a convoy of federal police and soldiers. The governor of Michoacan, Salvador Jara, said on the radio that at least one policeman died, as well as 42 gunmen, although those numbers were not confirmed. Photographs from the scene showed authorities had recovered dozens of high-powered rifles.
A federal police official confirmed that at least 40 people had died.
A priest at a nearby church, Manuel Navarro, said that he and his parishioners could see black smoke rising at the scene of the violence but that the townspeople continued to work and go out in the streets…(read more)
Gabriela Martinez contributed to this report.
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