Saturday, February 15, 2014
Federal troops kill eight gunmen in Guerrero violence
Mexican army and marine units killed eight armed civilians today in separate incidents in southwestern Guerrero state, where community militiamen have an increasingly strong presence.
The first gun battle erupted in Zumpango del Rio, north of the state capital of Chilpancingo, and left four civilians dead and several others injured. The secretary of defense reported soldiers on routine patrol were fired upon when they entered the town. The surrounding area has been unstable since early 2013.
Later in the day Mexican marines engaged presumed narco gunmen near Pantla, in Zihuatanejo municipality (county), killing four. Zihuatanejo, on the Pacific coast, was the apparent destination of an American motorcyclist who vanished in the region Jan. 25. Mexico opens investigation into U.S. citizen missing in Michoacán.
No military personnel were injured in today's engagements. None of the gunmen have been identified.
Mar. 31 - Guerrero citizen militia claims U.S. citizen Harry Devert was murdered by drug cartel
Feb. 17 - Mexicans have greater confidence in their military forces than any other public institution
From the Los Angeles Times, Feb. 16 - Mexico's Guerrero state teeters on the edge of chaos
Sept. 7 - Ambush of Mexican army leaves 11 dead near Acapulco
July 24 - Civilian militias stop Mexican army near Acapulco
Mar. 12 - Huge cancellations in Acapulco; Spain issues new warning for Mexico
Feb. 6 - Gunmen kill nine police officers in rural Guerrero state
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