REPORT: Officer in Mexico’s National Guard killed in shootout

AUGUST 11, 2019

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Mexico’s new National Guard force suffered its first casualty in the line of duty, when an officer was killed in a shootout with a gang.

The National Guard was launched by President Andres Manuel López Obrador in late June and is an amalgam of military police and federal police. It is supposed to be Mexico’s front-line force for fighting gangs.

The article goes on to state the following:

The federal Security Department said three suspects were killed in the confrontation Saturday in Yuriria township in the north-central state of Guanajuato. However, the Yuriria municipal government said five suspects were killed in the shootout, three wounded and seven detained.

The town said the National Guard patrol was attacked when “they detected a safe house operated by a criminal gang. One member of the National Guard was killed.”

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