Last night there was blood shed in the communities of Paracuaro and Apatzingan resulting in at least two federal police killed and ten injured. They have sent reinforcements and there are at least 100 police providing security in addition to hundreds of military personnel attempting to regain control of the region.
There still no casualty reports of the gunmen, but there are unconfirmed reports of potentially several killed.
There were reports throughout the day and into the night of clashes between armed men pretending to be part of the “citizen defense groups” (auto defensas) and police forces. The bloodiest confrontation occurred in Cuatro Caminos and Uspero, communities in Paracuaro and Apatzingan.
The fire fights were intense on the outskirts of the town but never reached the heart of the towns. The social media forums warned the "civilian defense groups" to remain inside their home through the night, to ensure they did not get caught in the cross fire between the police and the heavily armed gunmen.
The silent night was broken at around 10pm by the sounds of helicopters as they landed to pick up the injured to transport them to the militarized zone 43 in Tapalcatepec.
This comes after the advances of the "citizen defense group" were denied to prevent further advancements into Acahuato and the southern part of Apatzingan. The military had set up a perimeter and prevented the mobilization of the citizen groups to prevent confusion and potential for friendly fire from stray bullets.
Earlier in the day a ministerial police and a forensic investigator were ambushed and seriously injured, resulting in the pending violent confrontation.
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Source: Reports form social media and Agencia Esquema
It is believed that the gunmen that ambushed the FP and the ministerial police were Templarios (CT).
The video below is from the incursion of the Auto Defensas into Tancitaro that resulted in clashes between the Defense Groups and gunmen last week.
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Pictures by Proceso