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16 people killed in clashes for control of poppy production areas in Southern Mexican state of Guerrero

April 23, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
16 people killed in clashes for control of poppy production areas in Southern Mexican state of Guerrero

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Continuous gunbattles, attacks on authorities, and raids on residents transformed the rural areas of Guerrero into a war zone last week as rival cartels fight control of the region’s production of poppy.

In the most recent series of conflict, six state officers were attacked by cartel operatives near Zihuatanejo.

The officers were checking on a group of nine families in the rural area of Petatlan, in a part of the state where they have become the victims of repeated raids and attacks by cartel criminals.

The gunmen were pressuring and abducting local residence to gain allies or hinder cooperation with rival groups.

According to Breitbart Texas, the six officers were driving in a vehicle when the hitmen attacked them. After the officers sustained wounds, the attackers reportedly approached the officers and shot them in the heads–execution style. It is alleged that the ambush was a revenge plan for a prior gun battle where ten cartel gunmen were killed.

The ambush occurred one day after gunmen assaulted a convoy of officers near Cuacoyul, Guerrero.

The police were in two SUVs and came under attack by at least 20 cartel members. During the initial attack, despite the fact that they were outnumbered, police killed three gunmen and forced the rest to scatter into the surrounding areas.

Authorities requested military and federal backup to pursue the attackers. The follow-up shooting lasted for over, during a time when police forces managed to take down seven additional gunmen.

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