Clashes that occured in the pre-dawn hours of Thursday morning in Guamuchil and on the highway to the neighboring municipality of Guasave have left at least seven people dead.
The clashes began at approximately 3:00 AM when gunmen on board five vehicles clashed with municipal police in Guamuchil and then attacked the police station and city hall.
No injuries or fatalities were reported during the attack on the police station but twelve police vehicles were heavily damaged and superficial damage was reported to city buildings and at least three residences.
After the attack the convoy of gunmen dumped the bodies of four men on Ferrocarril street who had been abducted earlier then headed out on Federal Highway 15 in the direction of the neighboring city of Guasave.
The four dead men were identifid as residents of El Burrion, a town in the municipality of Guasave.
On the highway the convoy was reportedly intercepted by a rival group of gunmen and series of shootouts on the highway ensued.
The bodies of three deceased gunmen and several heavily damaged vehicles were found abandoned between Guamuchil and Guasave.
A Mexican Army source reported the arrest of one suspect named Jesus Ramon Rodriguez who suffered a gunshot wound to a hand.
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