Chilpancingo, Mexico – Two command-level police officers were killed here Wednesday, bringing to eight the number of law enforcement agents slain over the past five days in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero.
Heraclio Rodriguez and Reynaldo Martinez were fatally shot while driving through Chilpancingo, the state capital, the Guerrero Attorney General’s Office said.
Six police officers were gunned down last weekend in several separate incidents in the Guerrero municipalities of Petatlan and Ciudad Altamirano.
Drug lord Arturo Beltran Leyva’s death last December in a shootout with Mexican marines ignited a fierce battle for control of his organization and much of the violence has taken place in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero.
More than 17,000 people have died nationwide since December 2006 in violence arising from the cartels’ internecine struggles and the efforts of the Mexican police and armed forces to crush the drug traffickers.