By Chris Covert
A total of six unidentified armed suspects were killed in far western Durango state Friday according to Mexican news accounts.
In a Friday evening post on the website of El Siglo de Durango news daily, it as reported that six individuals were found dead in Pueblo Nuevo municipality in what is described as the aftermath of a shootout between rival drug gangs.
The shootout took place near the village of La Hierbabuena which is on the Durango state border with Sinaloa state, roughly 25 kilometers west of El Rosario, Sinaloa.
According to the report, local officials have been to the area and have recovered the dead, but so far only one individual, Jesus Peinado, has been identified.
Army units with the Mexican III Military Region are said to be in the area.
Pueblo Nuevo was the location last year when nine unidentified individuals died in an intergang shootout. Then, officials found two burned out vehicles and three men dressed in military uniforms, but no weapons, fuelling speculation that one side of the gunfight included members of Los Zetas.
Pueblo Nuevo is astride Mexico Federal Highway 40 which links the Sinaloa port city of Mazatlan and Durango, the capital of Durango state. That particular stretch of highway has recently been expanded to four lanes in a Mexican federal government effort to improve roads nets from the west to the east coast.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com