Six police officers were shot dead this Wednesday in the northern Mexican state of Zacatecas, where rival cartels are fighting to control drug trafficking, Mexican authorities have revealed.
At first, five police officers were shot while training at a sports center in Calera de Victor Rosales, explained a source from the government of the state of Zacatecas.
Two other police officers who went to the scene were shot and one died, the same source said in a statement.
The governor of Zacatecas, David Monreal, called this incident a “cowardly attack”.
Violence has escalated in Zacatecas in recent years, with experts attributing the phenomenon to territorial disputes between the Jalisco Nova Geração and Sinaloa cartels over control of lucrative cocaine trade routes to the United States.
In January, 10 bodies were found in an abandoned van outside the governor’s palace in the state capital of Zacatecas.
About 340,000 people have died violently since 2006 in Mexico when the government sent in the military to fight drug cartels.
Source: With Agencies