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Blog del Narco: 12 Police Killed in Ambush in Guerrero Mexico Near Site of Beheadings

Blog del Narco: 12 Police Killed in Ambush in Guerrero Mexico Near Site of Beheadings

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Twelve police officers were killed in an ambush in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero, not far from the site where 10 human heads were found over the weekend, spokespersons for the state Attorney General’s Office said.

Gunmen ambushed the group of state police and municipal officers from the town of Teloloapan on Sunday on a road in the town of General Canuto A. Neri, they said.

State authorities have not yet issued a formal statement on the incident.

A total of 14 state and municipal police also were wounded in the same ambush, the spokespersons said Monday.

General Canuto A. Neri is adjacent to Teloloapan and located in the Tierra Caliente region, where 10 human heads were dumped on Sunday along with a message from a rival gang.

The police were taking part in an operation to track down the perpetrators and locate the bodies, which still have not been found, the spokespersons said.

The La Familia Michoacana drug cartel and the rival Los Caballeros Templarios gang have been fighting for control of Tierra Caliente, which straddles the states of Michoacan, Guerrero and Mexico.

The federal government has launched the “Safe Guerrero” operation in that state, in which 4,000 federal and state police and army soldiers have been deployed to protect tourist cities.

Elsewhere, a group of suspected cartel gunmen killed six people on the streets of the northern city of Apodaca, part of the Monterrey metropolitan area, authorities said Monday.

The armed men riding in one vehicle first gunned down three people, who were identified as two car salesmen and a third man who washed cars on the streets, the State Investigations Agency said in a statement.

Minutes later, the gunmen intercepted a compact vehicle, forced its three occupants out of the car, lined them up against a wall and killed them with automatic rifle fire.

The gunmen also left a message on the same wall, the statement said, without indicating what was written.

Monterrey, which is home to many of Mexico’s industrial giants, had long seemed immune to a drug war that has left tens of thousands dead in recent years.

But since early 2010, it has been the scene of a brutal turf struggle pitting the Gulf cartel against former allies Los Zetas, whose clashes have left more than 300 dead so far this year.

Also in northern Mexico, a car bomb exploded Monday outside the offices of the Expreso newspaper in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the state of Tamaulipas, causing damage to buildings and vehicles but no injuries, officials confirmed.

Mexico’s drug war death toll stood at 47,515 from December 2006 to Sept. 30, 2011.

The murder total has grown every year of President Felipe Calderon’s military offensive against the well-funded, heavily armed drug cartels.

Unofficial tallies published in December by independent daily La Jornada put the death toll from Mexico’s drug war at more than 50,000.

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