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Tue Oct 15, 2019, 11:55 AM

Fourteen police dead in Mexico gun ambush

Source: BBC

Fourteen police dead in Mexico gun ambush

15 October 2019

Fourteen police officers have been killed and three injured in a shooting in western Mexico.

The police were carrying out a court order in El Aguaje, Michoacán state, when their convoy was ambushed.

A powerful criminal group, the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel, is believed to have carried out the attack.

Authorities said all resources would be put into finding those responsible. The region is a hotspot for violence linked to turf wars between drug cartels.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-50049142

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Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS OCTOBER 15, 2019 / 11:38 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Mexican president defends security plan after police massacre

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador defended his security strategy on Tuesday and blamed past administrations for chronic violence, a day after at least 13 police were killed in an ambush by suspected cartel gunmen.

Lopez Obrador told a news conference the ambush in the western state of Michoacan was “very regrettable” but reiterated that his commitment to increased spending on security and tackling the root causes of violence would eventually pay dividends.

“I’m optimistic we’ll secure peace ... we’re completely dedicated to this issue, but (past governments) allowed it to grow. There’s a new security model now,” Lopez Obrador said, describing the site of the ambush as a “violent area.”

The leftist leader has sharply criticized past efforts that pursued an army-led approach to battling crime.

But after a record number of homicides in Mexico in 2018, they are on track to go even higher this year, putting Lopez Obrador under increasing pressure to stop massacres like Monday’s ambush in the violent western state of Michoacan.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-violence/mexican-president-defends-security-plan-after-police-massacre-idUSKBN1WU28V

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