An intense firefight in the early morning hours of Tuesday between a patrol of Mexican Army soldiers and a convoy of heavily armed men in the municipality of Tacámbaro, Michoacan, resulted in the deaths of 8 gunmen.
Tacámbaro is located in the Tierra Caliente border region with Guerrero.
Official reports indicate that the soldiers were patrolling on the Tacámbaro-Tecario Road in the area of the community of Las Blancas when they intercepted a convoy of 3 late model pickups with at least 20 gunmen on board.
The gunmen tried to flee the scene but after a brief pursuit one of the pickups was engaged in the shootout with the soldiers, while the other two vehicles were able to escape frome the scene.
After several minutes of heavy gunfire the 8 men travelling in a white Ford pickup were killed. Seven assault weapons and 2 sidearms were seized. One soldier was wounded in the confrontation.
For several hours there was a large scale operation in the area to locate the gunmen who escaped, which was unsuccessful.