El Sol de Zacatecas
At least five allegeded Zeta gunmen were killed, two seriously injured and a further two in custody, and five late model pickups and SUV’s were destroyed in a series of shootouts between a large group of criminals in a convoy of 15 to 20 vehicles and a Mexican army unit supported by Jalisco and Zacatecas state police.
The confrontation began early Wednesday on the stretch of highway 23 that winds through Zacatecas, into Jalisco and back into Zacatecas. The melee took place in at least eight different points on the highway as the pursuit by the army and state authorities sped through both states. Dozens of armed encounters have occurred previously in this area between gunmen and authorities.
At 2:00 AM Wednesday the heavily armed convoy was first spotted in the municipality of Garcia de la Cadena, Zacatecas headed north on highway 23. The first confrontation occurred when the convoy broke through an Army roadblock in Teul de Gonzalez Ortega. The chase that ensued ended 2 hours and 100 kilometers later at Hejuscar, Jalisco and Tepetongo, Zacatecas where the remaining gunmen dispersed and eluded capture.
Several vehicles belonging to the gunmen were found later that morning in the municipality of Jerez.
Zacatecas state government spokesman Mario Caballero Ramirez confirmed the deaths and capture of the gunmen and reported no casualties in the state police and military units involved in the operation