By: Noé ZavaletaXalapa, Veracruz- Ten alleged members of Los Zetas were killed this afternoon by members of the State Police and the Army, after repelling an armed attack, after trying to search a particular house in the village of El Sabinal, in the municipality of Perote.
The spokesperson for Javier Duarte, Alberto Silva Ramos, presumed on his Twitter account that with this operation, the state government, with the support of federal forces, took down one of the “most dangerous” organized crime cell.
In a statement, the government of Duarte said that after an operation carried out to look for kidnapping groups, a safe house was found in the municipality.
In Perote, located 64.6 kilometers from the state capital, complaints from citizens of missing persons (mostly young women), homicides by firearms, and finding clandestine graves in mountainous areas are common.
Duarte’s government reported that as a result of the confrontation, nine men and a woman was killed; a policeman was also injured, however it was only a grazed bullet wound.
At the safe house, federal security forces secured: 10 rifles, tactical equipment, cartridges, ammunition, shirts with “false insignias” of the Federal Police, and hats with fake shields usually worn by the Federal Ministerial Police.
“Preliminary information suggests that it was one of the most dangerous organized crime cells in the central area of the state, presumably belonging to Los Zetas, dedicated to kidnapping,” said the PGJE.
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