By: Záyin Dáleth Villavicencio | Translated by Valor for Borderland Beat
Shootouts between the autodefensas of the Michoacán coast and armed gunmen, suspected of being members of the Caballeros Templarios, have left a total of six dead and four wounded, including two in serious condition.
It was announced to Michoacán 3.0 that four of the dead belonged to members of organized crime while the other two were members of the autodefensas, as well as the four wounded.
The shootouts occurred on Monday after the ambush that the autodefensas received along the coastal road known as “200”, where the attack was aimed at the autodefensa leader, Semeí Verdía Zepeda.
Members of the autodefensa movement have been carrying out various operations on the mountains to find the whereabouts of those responsible.
This led to a series of confrontations that occurred in the mountain area in the community of Ostula, municipality of Aquila.
“Members of the Mexican Army are on highway 200, but do not want to get in the fray, we need them to send in reinforcements and to support the community,” the autodefensas reported to Michoacán 3.0.
Source: Michoacán 3.0