By Chris Covert
A total of four armed suspects were killed in an exchange of gunfire in Cadereyta Jimenez, Nuevo Leon Friday, according to a press release at a Mexican Army website.
Milenio news daily on its website Sunday morning confirmed that one of the operatives killed Friday was José Manuel Salazar Salazar AKA El Manolin, who has also been identified as one of the shooters in the Apodaca prison massacre in Nuevo Leon last month. José Manuel Salazar Salazar is said to be a Los Zetas operative.
You can read about the Apodaca prison massacre by clicking here
The other three have not yet been identified.
An army patrol with the Mexican 7th Military Zone was on patrol at Los Pilares ejido when it came under small arms from from an undetermined number of shooters. Army return fire killed four.
|Following the gunfight in Cadereyta, Nuevo Leon|
Los Pilares is roughly two kilometers west of Cadereyta on Nuevo Leon State Highway 16. Cadereyta itself is 12 kilometers east of Monterrey. Some drug gangs use the road between Cadereyta and Allende farther south as a bypass to Monterrey. Numerous gunfights and pursuits between those gangs and Mexican security forces have in the past taken place along the road.
Following the gunfight, soldiers seized 10 AK-47 rifles, weapons magazines and ammunition and one vehicle.
A photo gallery of the aftermath of the incident can be seen here
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com