13 killed in police clash with gang suspects in western Mexico

  • Four police officers were killed in a shooting in Mexico.
  • Nine suspected gang members were killed.
  • Two prisoners were released from the building after the battle.

Four police officers and nine suspected gang members were killed in a shootout in Mexico’s western state of Jalisco, authorities said Thursday.

The clash took place Wednesday night at a house in El Salto on the outskirts of the city of Guadalajara and lasted more than an hour, according to witnesses.

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After the shooting, the bodies of nine people, including a woman, were found in the building, prosecutors said.

Two people held captive in the building were rescued after a tip that gunmen had seen gagged people into the house, prosecutor Luis Mendez Ruiz told reporters.

Several people were arrested and weapons and ammunition were seized.

Agents of the Jalisco Attorney stand guard at the

Agents of Jalisco’s lawyer stand guard at the scene where four police officers and eight alleged organized crime members were killed and six others injured in a clash in El Salto, Jalisco state, Mexico.

According to official figures, ten police officers have been killed this year in Jalisco, one of the most violent states in Mexico, because of the presence of criminal gangs.

The western region, one of the most prosperous in the country, is home to the powerful Jalisco New Generation cartel, which authorities hold responsible for numerous deaths and disappearances.

Its leader, Nemesio “El Mencho” Oseguera, is one of the world’s most wanted drug lords, and the US Drug Enforcement Administration is offering $10 million for his arrest.

More than 340,000 people have died in a spiral of bloodshed in Mexico since the government deployed the military to fight drug cartels in 2006.

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