Mexico: 44 killed in police ambushes, prison riot

Violence in Mexico claimed the lives of 15 federal police officers and 29 prison inmates in three separate incidents June 14. Twelve officers were killed when police returning from patrol in four pickups were ambushed by gunmen in the city of Zitácuaro, Michoacán. Several assailants were also killed or wounded, but officials did not provide exact figures. Gunmen also killed three federal police agents on patrol in Ciudad Juárez, and wounded one more. At Aguaruto prison in Culiacán, Sinaloa, 21 inmates were shot to death and three guards were wounded when a group of prisoners attacked members of a rival gang within the facility. Hours later, eight more prisoners were stabbed to death by other inmates. An AK-47 assault rifle and two large-caliber handguns were confiscated. (CNN, AP, LAHT, June 15)

See our last post on Mexico’s narco wars.

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