By Chris Covert
Mexican security forces killed four armed suspects in a firefight near a remote mountain community in extreme southeastern Nayarit state Thursday morning, according to Mexican news accounts.
The incident took place in La Yesca municipality, which is 10 kilometers north of the Nayarit-Jalisco border, where Nayarit state Policia Estatal Preventiva (PEP) agents encountered 40 armed suspects travelling aboard a convoy of 10 SUVs at about 2230 hrs near Las Carboneras.
The police agents at the scene initially requested additional support. State PEP agents were in the area because, apparently a number of passenger buses had been attacked recently. Police reinforcements including an elite police unit arrived during the firefight to set up blocking positions near Jala, Ahuacatlan and Ixtlan del Rio, along Mexico Federal Highway 15D. Highway 15D is a four lane highway that runs between Guadalajara, Jalisco in the southeast and Tepic, Nayarit to the northwest.
The firefight lasted until first light at about 0400 hrs when the suspects fled the scene leaving behind four dead.
Meanwhile, security forces went on higher alert following a counterambush by Jalisco state police agents which killed 6 armed suspects Wednesday evening at about 1700 hrs near the border with Michoacan state in southeastern Jalisco state.
According to reports, a police patrol was travelling along a highway between Ahuijullo, Jalisco to Tepalcatepec, Michoacan when the patrol came under small arms fire.
Police counterfire killed six suspects while the remainder fled the scene. Two unidentified villagers were also killed in the gunfight, and two unidentified police agents were wounded.
Police seized one AK-47 rifle, a handgun and eight weapons magazines following the firefight.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantbrug.com