By Chris Covert
One armed suspect was killed and another was found dead in a joint Mexican security forces operation in southeastern Veracruz state Thursday, according to news releases posted on the Mexican Army and Mexican Navy websites.
Elements from the Mexican 26th Military Zone, an unidentified Naval Infantry unit and Veracruz state police agents had been dispatched to a location near Poblacion de Pacho Viejo along the Xalapa-Coetepec highway where an anonymous compliant said armed men were. One air force, two navy and one Veracruz state police helicopters supported the operation as well.
Security forces came under small arms fire from an undetermined number of armed suspects. Return fire killed one unidentified Los Zetas operative. At the location security forces also found one dead body in a vehicle, and another individual who had been severely beaten, but who was still alive. The survivor was evacuated from the location for medical attention.
Security forces also found two stolen vehicles, two AR-15 rifles, one 14 gauge shotgun and weapons magazines and ammunition.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com