Ten Mexican police killed in ambush by drug hitmen

MEXICO CITY Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:04pm EDT

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Ten Mexican federal police officers were killed on Monday when suspected drug cartel hitmen ambushed their convoy in the western Mexican state of Michoacan, security officials said.

Gunmen used a heavy truck to block the highway the police were traveling on and opened fire on the convoy.

"The information we have is that there are 10 dead and several wounded," Michoacan state Public Security Minister Minerva Bautista told a local radio station.

The federal government confirmed the police deaths and said a an unknown number of the assailants were also killed in the clash.

Michoacan, the home state of President Felipe Calderon, has emerged as a key battleground in Mexico's spiraling drug war as the cult-like La Familia cartel fights other gangs and security forces for control of the mountainous state.

At least 23,000 people have been killed in drug violence, mainly traffickers and police, since Calderon launched his army-led crackdown on traffickers on taking office in December 2006.

Local media reported that last Friday was the most violent day yet of Calderon's presidency with 70 drug-related killings including the group slaying of 19 addicts at a rehabilitation clinic in the northern city of Chihuahua.

The violence frightens away tourists and worries Washington, which is giving anti-drug aid, equipment and police training to Mexico.

Some investors have frozen investment in factories in cities on the U.S. border, especially in Ciudad Juarez, the most deadly flash point in the drug war.

(Reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez; Writing by Robert Campbell)

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Comments (3)
crbob wrote:
This is the type of violence that Calderon would like to send to the U.S. in the form of an open border. All those in favor of illegal aliens in the U.S. should go on down to Mexico to get a taste of what it is like………

Jun 14, 2010 2:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
indieinfla wrote:
Yep, because it’s illegal aliens that are shooting up Mexico. Did you think before you posted, crbob? It’s a drug war. Same thing that went on in Colombia with the cocaine cartels. It’s going to take US military intervention to suppress the violence. Period, end of story.

Jun 14, 2010 4:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
wolf91101 wrote:
crbob your right on. Those who don’t know, don’t live here in Arizona. Hey to everyone else, give me your state and we will pack up the illegals and send them to your state !!!

Jun 14, 2010 4:57pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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