In total nine people have been encountered in Southern Mexico in a shootout between two groups using high-powered weapons, said authorities today. Several organized crime outfits have committed to trafficking drugs operate in the region and often clash over control of supply routes.
On Wednesday, the confrontation took place on a highway in a rural area in Guerrero, said the local attorney’s office in a statement.
It continued, “The deceased are close to Zenen Nava Sanchez, leader of the criminal group Los Rojos,” adding that a probe had been introduced into the incident.
A long-going debate for territory between Los Rojos and an opposition gang has leftover thousands of people dead and centered on a town some 10 km from where the firefight took place, said local media.
Experts at the site recovered 50 bullets used in high-caliber weapons like the AK-47 assault rifle.
In September, fifteen people including a soldier were killed in the same state after gunmen attacked security personnel.
The violence has highlighted the struggles of leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to rein in crime since he has taken office in December 2018.