TANHUATO DE GUERRERO, Mexico: Mexican federal forces killed 42 suspected drug cartel members Friday during a three-hour-long gunfight in a ranch in a violence-torn western region, marking one of the drug war’s bloodiest battles.
Only one federal police officer was killed in the operation, which authorities launched after learning that “armed criminals” were occupying the ranch in Tanhuato, Michoacan state, near the neighboring state of Jalisco, officials said.
“Up to now, we have counted 42 suspected criminals killed and three
more detained,” said National Security Commissioner Monte Alejandro Rubido.
Rubido said the death toll was a “preliminary figure,” suggesting the
number could rise as investigators comb the vast property.
While he did not name the gang by name, Rubido said it was based in
Jalisco, home of the New Generation drug cartel, a powerful heavily-armed group that has become the top target of President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration.