Monday, March 7, 2011
Convoy ambush kills 7 Mexican police, 1 prisoner
Efe, el pais, el universal
In what appears to have been a rescue attempt, gunmen staged a massive ambush of a police convoy transporting two prisoners in northern Mexico, killing seven officers and one of the inmates, prosecutors said Monday.
Six other officers and a second prisoner were wounded in the attack, in which gunmen traveling in about 20 vehicles caught police in a crossfire, Sinaloa state Attorney General Marco Antonio Higuera said.
"The patrol vehicles were destroyed. It was practically a massacre," Higuera said. "Initial reports indicate there were 1,200 shell casings at the scene."
The three state police patrol vehicles were traveling to the state capital of Culiacan when they came under attack by gunmen who had apparently been lying in wait on a highway near the city of Guasave on Sunday.
Higuera said the officers fought off a first attack but were later caught in concentrated fire from a larger number of vehicles.