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The gunmen, travelling in three or four vehicles, “began shooting with automatic weapons”, an official said.
The state is home to one of the country’s most powerful drug gangs, the Sinaloa cartel run by Mexico’s most wanted man, Joaquin “Shorty” Guzman.
The police officers were patrolling a road 80km (50 miles) form the state capital, Culiacan, when they were attacked on Monday.
The killings highlight the challenges for Mexico’s police as they and other security forces seek to take on the drug gangs.
Yeah, challenges such as “just staying alive.” Of course, when the cartels can trap even the Mexican Army in one of its bases, what a mere patrolmen supposed to do?
I think I’ll postpone that trip to Mazatlan for a while…
RELATED: President Calderon aims to deal with the serious problem of corruption in the local police forces by eliminating local departments and having the states provide local policing. Given the well-known problems of corruption at the state police-level (example), I can’t see how this is much more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Still, one can hope that it’s a start to purging corrupt cops from the local ranks.
(Crossposted at Public Secrets)