Gunmen ambushed a police convoy on patrol and killed at least 13 prosecutors and police officers in one of the most deadly attacks against law enforcement in over a year, said officials on Thursday.
The ambush happened at Coatepec Harinas, a municipality in the State of Mexico. While no group has claimed ownership of the attack, officials suspect the convoy was ambushed by a criminal gang.
The convoy had been patrolling the area to help protect against armed gangs operating in the area, police said. Eight of the victims were state police officers and five were officers who had been assigned to the state prosecutor’s office.
The attack presents a severe setback in President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s 2018 campaign promise to make Mexico a safer place.
Rodrigo Martínez-Celis, state security minister, called the attack “an affront to the Mexican state.” He added, “We will respond with all force and support of the law.”
Mexico’s National Guard and units of the armed forces have been deployed to search for the attackers.
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