Mexico City (July 2, 2017): Mexican police claimed to have killed at least 19 gangsters in a shootout in the northern state of Sinaloa. While five policemen were also injured in the encounter.
The fight was one of the area’s worst in recent months and the state is at the center of a battle between drug organizations seeking to gain ground after the capture and extradition to the U.S. of Sinaloa cartel leader, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán.
The fight began late Friday not far from the popular beach town of Mazatlan, when several armed men in trucks shot and killed two people. As they fled, local media said police surprised the gunmen and opened fire.
They chased the gunmen to the nearby town of La Amapa and then into the mountains where they gunmen and reinforcements. But by now the police had the support of the Army and with them officers killed seventeen gunmen who left behind semiautomatic rifles, handguns, and a shotgun.
Guzmán was arrested in January 2016, six months after escaping through a tunnel from the high-security Altiplano penitentiary near the capital, Mexico City. He was extradited to the United States a year later to face drug trafficking and money laundering charges.