At least eight members of a Mexican drug cartel were killed after they tried to attack a police station on Sunday and were met by officers who returned fire.
The members of the cartel attacked a police station on the outskirts of Celaya, a city located in the center-north of the state of Guanajuato.
Local media reports that the attackers were traveling in two stolen white vans, firing high-caliber weapons at the building.
Celaya’s Secretary of Public Security, Jesús Rivera Peralta, told La Jornada that the troops “responded to the attack and organized a response.”
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The officers killed two of the assailants in front of the station. The State Public Security Forces (FSPE) pursued the surviving attackers to a nearby building where another shooting took place.
Six cartel members were shot dead, while four were detained, reports La Jornada.
Rivera said three police officers were injured, but their injuries did not appear to be life-threatening.
This was the second shooting in Guanajuato this month. On November 9, a shooting at a bar in Apaseo el También left nine dead and two more wounded.
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Guanajuato has the highest number of homicides of the 32 states of Mexico. The state has been the scene of a turf battle for years between the Jalisco cartel and local gangs supported by its arch-rival, the Sinaloa Cartel.
Adam Sabes of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.