By Chris Covert
A total of ten armed suspects were killed in an armed encounter with a Mexican Army road patrol in Veracruz state Saturday night, according to Mexican news accounts.
According to a news item posted on the website of El Universal news daily, the firefight took place in the village of El Recreo in Panuco municipality, which in the northern sector of the state.
The unit came under small arms fire which was returned by the army unit, killing 10 armed suspects.
Following the end of the encounter soldiers seized 15 rifles, 10 pistols, 67 weapons magazines, 2,143 rounds of ammunition, one grenade launcher attachment, one grenade, one gas grenade and four vehicles. Military uniforms were also found at the scene.
The VI Military Region, the parent unit of the road patrol involved in the gun battle is part of Seguro Veracruz, one of several security programs operated by Mexico's military throughout Mexico.
Seguro Veracruz is expected to survive the inauguration of the president elect Pena Nieto administration December 1st, according to Mexican news reports.
Chris Covert writes Mexican Drug War and national political news for Rantburg.com