By Chris Covert
One unidentified armed suspect was killed and two unidentified kidnapping victims were rescued following an intense firefight between a Mexican Army unit and alleged kidnappers, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to an article posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily Tuesday night, an armed criminal group associated with Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion (CJNG) encountered an army road patrol along the Lazaro Cardenas-Zihuatanejo highway in La Union municipality in Guerrero state.
Armed suspects opened fire on the army unit. Army return fire and the ensuing gunfight killed one armed suspect. Six other suspects surrendered, presumably ending the gun battle.
The two victim were travelling on the Lazaro Cardenas-Zihuatanejo highway bound for Acapulco municipality, when the armed suspects who were travelling aboard three vehicles blocked their way, and then forced them into the vehicles at gunpoint. The victims were being transported to a criminal safe house when the army unit happened upon them, initiating the gunfight.
Seized following the firefight was one 9mm handgun, seven rifles and three vehicles, one Niddan Tiida, one Nissan Tsuru and one sedan.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com