By Chris Covert
A total of 11 individuals were killed in several shootouts and executions Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday in Zacatecas state, including a shootout between a elements of a Mexican Army road patrol and armed suspects, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to a news item posted on the website of El Sol de Zacatecas news daily, a Mexican Army patrol encountered armed suspects in Jerez municipality near the village of Encino Mocho Thursday evening.
The armed suspects were reportedly members of the Gulf Cartel (CDG), and had fired on the army unit. Army return fire killed five and critically wounded one armed suspect. Four soldiers were hurt in the encounter from the pursuit which presumably ended with the firefight.
A week ago, a Mexican Naval Infantry unit encountered armed suspects in Enrique Estrada municipality, about 20 kilometers due east of Jerez municipality.
You read about the armed confrontation between a Mexican marine unit and armed suspects by clicking here
Six unidentified individuals were murdered or were found dead in ongoing drug and gang related violence in Zacatecas state last Wednesday and Sunday, according to several items which appeared in the web edition of El Sol de Zacatecas.
- Three individuals were shot to death in a shooting at a drinking establishment in Zacatecas municipality last Sunday. According to the news item, armed suspects dismounted a Nisaan Sentra sedan at about 2100 hrs at Meolodramas on Avenida Francisco García Salinas in Lomas del Campestre colony, and fired their weapons inside the establishment before fleeing the scene. The owner, identified as Leonardo Rojas Mora, and two employees died at the scene.
- A man was found shot to death in Sombrerete municipality near the village of Benito Juarez Wednesday morning. The victim was identified as Rolando Gonzalez Aldaba, The report said the victim had been tortured and shot and, probably had a nexus to organized crime.
- A Mexican Army unit found two unidentified bodies in Villanueva municipality near the village of San Juan Wednesday. The victims had been tortured and shot.