By Chris Covert
Four armed suspects were killed and another undisclosed number of others were wounded in an apparent intergang firefight in Durango state Saturday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.
Mexican security forces to include Durango state police agents and federal security forces were dispatched to Santiago Papasquiaro municipality Saturday morning. The site of the gunfight was reportedly on a 13 kilometer stretch of road between the village of Los Herrera and Topia municipality.
Security forces found four men dead. Two of the dead were identified as Luis Andres Garcia, 30, of Santiago Papasquiaro and Francisco Agredano Cadena, 30, of Guadalajara, Jalisco. The other two bodies were listed as no name at the state morgue. Reports say the firefight took place at dawn.
Security forces also seized a Jeep Cherokee SUV, a .38 Caliber revolver and an undisclosed quantity of powder cocaine.
Meanwhile in Durango city four individuals were found dead Sunday, all of whom died by strangulation. One of the dead was identified as Juan Jose Ayala Ruiz, 33, a fruit vendor by trade, who was found near Puente Negro, and the other was Joseph Soto Jesus Renteria, 24, who was found in Madero colony.
A third unidentified victim was found on Bulevar Francisco Villa, while a fourth was found near the intersection of Calles Isauro Venzor and Cuauhtémoc.
It is worth noting that many of the 331 dead found in Durango municipality in mass graves last year were also killed by strangulation, or by asphyxiation.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com