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Mexican Army smokes 12 bad guys
2013-01-04

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By Chris Covert

Rantburg.com

A Mexican Army unit with the 97th Infantry Battalion exchanged gunfire with armed suspects Wednesday afternoon, killing 12 in Zacatecas state, according to Mexican news accounts.

According to a news item posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, an army detachment was dispatched to El Capulín hill near the village of Almoloya in Rio Grande municipality Wednesday afternoon on anonymous complaints of armed suspects in the area.

According to the article, armed suspects were travelling in a convoy when the army unit appeared and exchanged gunfire. Among the dead were two women. An undisclosed number of other suspects were detained as well.

Seized in the aftermath were 11 rifles including AR-15 and AK-47 rifles, weapons magazines, five grenade launchers, ammunition, satellite radio equipment, drugs and several Humvees.

The army operation was unusual in that the ground unit was supported by helicopters.

Meanwhile in Fresnillo municipality a Mexican naval infantry unit detained 18 suspects in a counternarcotics sweep last Monday.

Among those detained was an unidentified female with a newborn baby in her arms. Twelve of the suspects detained were minors. Contraband seized included nine rifles, two handguns, six weapons magazines, 268 rounds of ammunition, two grenade launchers, 37.245 kilograms of marijuana, personal quantities of cocaine and marijuana, and three vehicles.

Two days later criminal groups in Fresnillo municipality threw up several narcobloqueos or roadblocks in response to naval infantry operations in the area.

Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com
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