MEXICO CITY — Gunmen on Thursday ambushed a Mexican authorities convoy conducting a safety patrol southwest of the capital, killing 13 prosecutors and law enforcement officials in what gave the impression to be the deadliest assault on Mexican legislation enforcement in effectively over a yr, officers stated.
The assault was a significant setback to authorities safety forces and one more reminder of the extreme safety challenges going through President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The president took workplace in 2018 promising to make Mexico a safer place, however he has been unable to place a significant dent within the violence that has lengthy bloodied the nation.
Rodrigo Martínez Celis Wogau, safety minister for the State of Mexico, referred to as the ambush “an affront to the Mexican state” and promised to “reply with whole pressure.”
The convoy on Thursday was patrolling in Coatepec Harinas, about 40 miles southwest of Mexico Metropolis, the capital, to “fight prison teams who function in that zone,” Mr. Martínez added in a video assertion posted on Twitter.
The loss of life toll included eight law enforcement officials from Mr. Martínez’s division, the Safety Secretariat, in addition to 5 representatives of the state’s Lawyer Common’s workplace, officers stated.
The assault gave the impression to be the deadliest assault on Mexican legislation enforcement brokers since October 2019, when gunmen killed 14 law enforcement officials within the state of Michoacán.
The slayings in central Mexico on Thursday added to the 86 law enforcement officials who had been killed this yr already, in accordance with Causa en Común, a Mexican anti-corruption group that focuses on public safety.
Final yr was the deadliest yr for police because the group started monitoring deaths in 2018, with a minimum of 524 officers killed.
Like most crimes in Mexico, nearly all of police killings go unpunished, safety analysts say.
“The sensation that’s left is that it’s potential to assault an agent of the state with out penalties,” stated Alejandro Hope, a Mexico Metropolis-based safety analyst. “If we are able to’t defend the lives of the police, how can we ask them to guard ours?”
The federal authorities instantly responded to the killings on Thursday by deploying parts of the Marines, the Military and the Nationwide Guard to the realm, Mr. Martinez stated.
Officers made no instant remark about potential suspects within the assault.