The entire police force of the northern Mexican town of Ascension has resigned after two cops were killed in attacks by organized criminals earlier this week, officials said.
After the 26 members of the force handed in their badges, Mexican soldiers and state and federal police began patrolling that small rural town in the border state of Chihuahua, state Attorney General Carlos Manuel Salas said.
“At this time, the army, the Federal Police and (Chihuahua’s state police force) are there. We’re after the people who committed these regrettable crimes,” Salas said at a press conference, referring to the police slain on Tuesday.
Ascension Mayor Jaime Dominguez Loya, for his part, said efforts will be made over the next few weeks to reconstitute the municipal police force with the help of state law enforcement.
Organized crime gangs have carried out a series of attacks over the past week targeting police in Ascension, located in a region controlled by the powerful Sinaloa cartel.
Chihuahua state, which borders Texas and New Mexico, has been the hardest hit by a wave of organized crime violence in Mexico, accounting for about 30 percent of the more than 40,000 drug-related killings nationwide since late 2006.
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